Create an EPUB book in Pages

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

Choose a template

Pages includes two categories of templates specially designed for creating EPUB books. To choose a book template:

  1. In Pages on your Mac, choose File > New.
    In the document manager in Pages on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, 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 readers.1
    • For books that use a lot of images, or that format content 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 doesn't change depending on the size or orientation of devices.

1 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 are automatically created as you add content. Your text automatically flows from one page to another.  With a Landscape template, you must manually add a new page.

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

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

Add pages manually

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

To add pages to a Landscape template on an iPad, tap the Add Page button  in the left column, then choose a page. 

To add pages to a Landscape template on an iPhone or iPod touch:

  1. Tap the page numbers at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Touch and hold the thumbnail for the page you want the new page to follow, then tap Add Page at the bottom of the screen. If there is more than one master page for the template, choose the one you want. Otherwise, a blank page is automatically added.
  3. To close the page thumbnail view, tap the handle above the thumbnails.


View and share your book

You can view and share your EPUB book in Pages on your iOS device, Mac, or online at iCloud.com.

Pages for iOS

  1. Open your document in Pages.
  2. Tap the More button .
  3. Tap Export.
  4. Tap EPUB.
  5. Tap Send.
  6. 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. To share your book, select the file in 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 a Mac, double-click the book file. To share your book on a Mac, select the file in Finder, click the share icon, then choose a method for sharing your book.


Publish to Apple Books

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


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