Creating an ebook using Pages

1. Download Pages if you don’t own it already.


Pages is a Mac-only app and can be found at the Mac App Store.

2. Download Apple’s Pages ebook template.

3. Apply styles to your manuscript.

When you open the ebook template in Pages, open the Styles Drawer (“View” -> “Show Styles Drawer”). You’ll notice there are styles named “Chapter Name”, “Chapter Number”, “Chapter Subtitle”, and so on. Apply these styles to the relevant parts of your manuscript: for example, select all chapter headings and apply the “Chapter Name” style to them. Applying the “Chapter Name” style to a chapter header tells Pages that the proceeding text is part of a new chapter. You’ll see that the table of contents will automatically update as you add styles to parts of your document.

4. Add images (optional)

If you’d like to add images (or any elements that aren’t basic text), you need to make sure they are added inline. “Inline” simply means that the elements flow with the text. To ensure that elements are inline, select the element, and in the Inspector select the Wrap Inspector tab. In “Object Placement”, select “Inline”. You can tick “Object causes wrap” if you’d like the text to, for example, have the text flow around the image.

5. Add a cover image

Drag the image you’d like to use for your book cover to the first page of your Pages document. By default, the cover will appear with a white border around it – which we think looks a bit ugly. If you’d like to make your cover appear full-page, you need to select “Floating” from the Wrap Inspector (as per step 4, this is the only time you should use a floating image – all other images in your ebook should be displayed inline), then drag the image until it takes up the entire page.

6. Export your file

From the “Share” menu, select “Export…”. When the Export window appears, select “ePub”. You will be given the opportunity to add a title, author, and genre tag to your work. Check the box marked “Use first page as book cover image” in order to generate a cover from whatever’s on the first page of your document. A warning may appear that states that “Floating objects aren’t supported in ePub format”: if only your cover image is a floating object (as per step 5), click “Next…”, otherwise revisit step 4.

7. Preview your ebook

Before uploading your ebook to Tomely, it could be a good idea to open it up on your ereader of choice to ensure it looks and works as it should. If you’re using an iPad or iPhone, you can email the ePub file to yourself to view it in iBooks. You can also download Kitabu, an ebook reader for the Mac, for free on the Mac App Store to preview your book. In particular, double-check that the cover image and table of contents are appearing properly.

8. Set up a publisher account with Tomely and sell your ebook.

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