Ask DN: Writing an eBook on a Mac (iBooks or Pages?)

5 years ago from , Founder of Build Interactive

Hello, hope everyone is having a good weekend!

Over my last ten years of building websites and apps, seven of those have been self-employed working from home. I'm eager to share advice and lessons learned through an eBook and I'm working on launching the book this year.

My question is: for those of you working on a Mac, what is your preferred authoring tool? From my own research, I've found that iBooks Author and Pages are a couple of the most popular options. I'm curious to know what the main pros/cons of each would be.

To give you an idea of how I plan to ship the book, I'd like to include PDF, ePub, and Mobi formats. I'll likely sell the book directly through my website via Gumroad.

Any insight on your experience with iBooks vs Pages (or any other tool you recommend) would be immensely appreciated. Thank you!


  • Stephen Thomas, 5 years ago

    I wrote my latest book Data Visualization with JavaScript entirely in Markdown. There are many many great Markdown editors; my current favorite is Typed. One advantage of Markdown is it was super easy to create an HTML version of the book. (It's available online.) If you're open to alternatives to Gumroad, Leanpub can publish Markdown directly to PDF, ePub, and mobi. (I decided to go with a traditional publisher for the marketing support and No Starch has been awesome, but there's nothing wrong with doing it all yourself.)

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  • Dav ▩Dav ▩, 5 years ago

    http://liber.io — With a little help from Liberio you can easily convert your texts/documents and files to working eBooks (ePub/Mobi). Recommended. (For example: You can create eBooks, via Liberio, directly from Google Docs.)

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    • Adrian Pelletier, 5 years ago

      Thank you for the quick response. I'm not familiar with Liberio yet but will certainly take a look.

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