How to save documents created in Pages as an ePub

This brief tutorial will show you how to save documents that you have created in Apple’s Pages application as an ePub file – which can then be viewed in iBooks for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

One thing you’ll absolutely want to do before you jump into creating ePub files via Pages is to download the “ePub Best Practices” sample document from Apple, and give it a read. It explains how to best format your documents so that they export as the best possible ePub files.

  1. Create a (or open an existing) document as you normally would in Pages.

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  3. After you’ve finished creating the document, review it to make sure that the styles adhere to the ePub Best Practices guide.

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  5. Select Share from the menu bar, then Export… from the drop-down menu.
  6. Click the ePub tab. Give your ePub file a Title, enter the Author name(s) and select a Genre for your document. If you would like, you can use the first page of your ePub file as the book “cover”. To do so, place a check in the box labeled Use first page as book cover image. Click the Next… button to continue.

    Note: if you want to go back and create a new first page to use as a cover, click the Cancel button to return to your document. Create a new first page, and start at step #3 again.

  7. Enter the name you want to save your ePub file as in the Save As: field, navigate to the folder you want to save the file in, and finally click the Export button.
  8. Depending on how complex your document was, you may receive Document Warnings. These are typically errors or potential errors that occurred when exporting (converting) your document to an ePub file. Double-click an error or warning for more details.
  9. You will often receive explanations as to how to resolve the problem(s), as seen in the screenshot below.
  10. After you’ve resolved any problems, you can re-export the document. Once you’re happy with it, you can import it to iTunes to transfer to your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

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