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We sometimes get asked for downloadable versions of our Mockups documentation to go along with the online version we publish on our support site. We now publish the Mockups Docs in PDF, and additionally in the ebook reader formats EPUB (for iBooks) and MOBI (for Kindle). It's nothing fancy, just a version of our Documentation that was prepared in Apple iWork's Pages.app, and exported in all of these formats.
Since we took the time to figure out how to do this, we thought other small companies who may want to do the same may save some time by seeing the notes we took when we set up our templates and migrated our content. These steps are only useful if you're using a Mac, obviously.
If you want to get an idea of what we've published, you can download the eBook for the Mockups for Desktop Documentation in the following formats.
For viewing in Acrobat reader.
For iBooks app for iPad, and other ebook readers that support the EPUB format.
For Amazon Kindle and other eBook readers that support the MOBI format.
Notes about downloading
Instructions for installing the EPUB and MOBI files vary depending on your device.
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We learned how to publish to EPUB using the Apple article, “Creating ePub files with Pages”. We used a sample template they provided and modified it to suit our needs. Then we used a tool called Calibre to convert our exported EPUB file to MOBI, to make it available to Kindle users as well.
First start by saving our template file: eBook.template
You can simply open the file and select the menu File > Save as template... to save it on your Mac to ~/Application Support/iWork/Pages/Templates/My Templates/.
First, save your Pages document, obviously. For PDF, simply select File > Export PDF. Follow the instructions below for exporting EPUB and MOBI formats.
Exporting to EPUB using Pages
Exporting to MOBI using Calibre
That's all there is to it. Hope this helps.
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