Create an EPUB book in Pages

Choose from a variety of pre-designed book templates to create an interactive EPUB book that can be viewed in Apple Books.

Choose a template

Pages includes two categories of templates designed specially for creating EPUB books.

Pages Books template chooser window

To choose a template:

  1. Do the following for your device:
    • In Pages on your Mac, choose File > New.
    • In the document manager in Pages on your iPhone, iPad or on iCloud.com, tap or click the New Document button 
  2. In the template chooser, scroll down to the Books templates.
  3. Choose the template that's best for your content:
    • For books that use mostly text, choose a Portrait template. With a Portrait template, you can choose to use reflowable text when you export to EPUB. In the exported EPUB book, text adjusts to different sizes or orientations of devices. Because of this, your book may look different from the original document when opened in Apple Books or other reader apps.*
    • For books that use a lot of images or have text formatted in columns, choose a Landscape template. Landscape templates are exported to EPUB with fixed layouts. The layout is maintained in the exported EPUB book. The layout won't change depending on the size or orientation of a device.

* If you decide you want the layout of your Portrait EPUB book to match your document's layout, you can always export your Portrait template-based document as a fixed layout EPUB.


Create a book in Pages

After you've picked a template you can add text, photos, image galleries, videos, shapes, tables, charts and your own drawings to your document. You can record audio directly on a page in your document and listen to it in your EPUB. You can also animate drawings, which will play back in your EPUB. And, to make sure your book has a table of contents, use the Table of Contents view in Pages to add one.

With a Portrait template, new pages will be created automatically as you add content. Your text flows automatically from one page to another. With a Landscape template, you must add a new page manually.

You can also copy a section from one word-processing document to another, or copy a page from one page-layout document to another. Find out how to copy and paste pages and sections on iPadiPhone or Mac.

If you want text to flow from one page to another in a Landscape template, you can use linked text boxes in your document.

Add pages manually to a Landscape template

To add pages to a Landscape template on a Mac, choose Insert > Page.

To add pages to a Landscape template on an iPad:

  1. Tap the View Options button , then turn on Page Thumbnails.
  2. Tap the thumbnail of the page you want the new page to follow.
  3. Tap the Add Page button at the bottom of Page Thumbnails view, then tap one of the options.

To add pages to a Landscape template on an iPhone:

  1. Tap the page numbers at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap the Add Page button  at the top of the Page Thumbnails screen.
  3. Tap one of the options, then tap Choose. 


Export your document as an EPUB

To create an EPUB book of your document, export your document as an EPUB. When you export your document as an EPUB, Pages will process images automatically to ensure your book conforms to standard EPUB specification requirements.

After you've created the EPUB book, you can view and share it.

Pages on iPhone or iPad

  1. Open your document in Pages.
  2. On iPhone, tap the More button . On iPad, tap the document name or tap the More button depending what you can see in the toolbar.
  3. Tap Export.
  4. Tap EPUB.
  5. Tap Export, then choose an option:
    • To view your book in the Books app on your device, choose Copy to Books.
    • To share your book, tap an app, such as Mail or Messages.

Pages for Mac

  1. Open your document in Pages.
  2. Choose File > Export To > EPUB.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Select a location for your book, then click Export.
  5. To view your book in the Books app on your Mac, double-click the book file.
  6. To share your book, select the file in the Finder, click the Share button , then choose a method for sharing your book.

Pages for iCloud

  1. Open your document in Pages.
  2. Click the Tools button , then choose Download a Copy.
  3. Click EPUB in the window that appears.
  4. Click Download.
  5. To view your book in the Books app on your Mac, double-click the book file.
  6. You can also share your book with others in Pages for iCloud:
    • Click the Tools button , then choose Send a Copy.
    • Click EPUB in the window that appears.
    • Choose export options, then click Next.
    • Click Email.


Publish to Apple Books

You can publish your book directly from Pages to the Book store in Apple Books on your iPad, iPhone, Mac or online at iCloud.com.


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