Pages is a fantastic program used to create visually appealing documents, but you might not realize how versatile it is. It can also be used to create digital books for the iBooks app, and sold on the iBooks Store.
This conversion from Pages to iBooks is done via the ePub file format, which is used for digital books on Apple’s iBooks app on both OS X and iOS. With Pages for OS X you can export a text document straight into ePub, and import it directly into iBooks for OS X.
Pages has featured some form of ePub export since 2010, but until recently it was cumbersome. Each new edition has improved the exporting process and with Pages 5.2 it’s now as easy to create a digital book as it is to print a document. In this way, you convert something you’ve written to an ebook format, or grab a royalty-free book from the internet in a text format and turn it into a more rich, pleasant to read format.
For those looking to self-publish, in Pages you can add Retina display-quality images, chapters, headings, custom artwork, even video clips. Pages turns it into an ePub you can share, or even sell on Apple’s iBooks Store. Pages doesn’t offer the extra interactions of iBooks Author, but is ideal for many books.
(Via Mac|Life all.)