Pages Now Publishes Directly to Apple Books

Apple is now promoting their word processing app with the pitch that you can use it to publish a book to Apple Books:

Publish your book directly to Apple Books from Pages on your iPad, iPhone, Mac, or online at With Pages, you can create a book, then publish it directly to the store in Apple Books. You can customize your book during the publishing process: add a cover, set your price or offer it for free, add tags to specify age groups or subjects, set up a pre-order, customize availability by date and country, and more. You can also update an already submitted book.

This is going to be a great option for those whose books don’t need a lot of professional editing and/or formatting. (That isn’t snark; my workbooks need a lot of formatting, so this option is no good for me.)

This update doesn’t bode well for the long-neglected iBooks Author. That app has only bee updated an average of once a year since 2014, and Apple cares so little about it that Apple hasn’t even changed the app’s name yet.

Thanks, Mike!



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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Will Entrekin10 November, 2018

    Professional editing can benefit all books.

    Otherwise, I think the more important note is that this development means that one can use Pages to publish to Apple Books. Doing so used to require iTunes Producer, which was Mac-exclusive; seems like that is no longer the case.

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