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Pages is a fantastic program used to create visually appealing documents. But many might not realise how versatile Pages is. It can also be used to create digital books for the iBooks app, and sold on the iBooks Store.
This conversion from Pages to iBooks is done via the ePub file format, which is used for digital books on Apple’s iBooks app on both OS X and iOS. With Pages for OS X you can export a text document straight into ePub, and import it directly into iBooks for OS X.
Pages has featured some form of ePub export since 2010, but until recently it was cumbersome. Each new edition has improved the exporting process and with Pages 5.2 it’s now as easy to create a digital book as it is to print a document.
There are a lot of fantastic digital books online, all free, but they’re delivered in a range of formats, often plain text or Microsoft Word documents. Converting them to ePub enables you to read them in iBooks (which only accepts ePub and PDF file formats).
For those looking to self-publish, in Pages you can add Retina displayquality images, chapters, headings, custom artwork, even video clips. Pages turns it into an ePub you can share, even sell on Apple’s iBooks Store. Let’s get creating… Lucy Hattersley
You can add Retina display-quality images, custom artwork, even video
Write an ebook, give it a professional appearance in Pages, then try to sell it in the iBooks Store.