Creating an Ebook With Markdown

Mon 30th March 2020 By David T. Sadler.

Pandoc is a great tool for converting a file in one markup format into another. This means we can use it to convert a file written in Markdown into an EPUB file that is supported by many e-readers.

Lets start by writting a very simple markdown file called

- type: main
  text: Example Ebook
- type: subtitle
  text: An Ebook created from a Markdown file
- role: author
  text: David Sadler
publisher: Published by myself

This is an introduction.

# Chapter 1

This is the first paragraph of chapter 1.

This is the second paragraph of chapter 1.

Below is a list.

- Item One
- Item Two
- Item Three

# Chapter 2

This is the first paragraph of chapter 2.

This is the second paragraph of chapter 2.

# Chapter 3

This is the first paragraph of chapter 3.

This is the second paragraph of chapter 3.

Note that the file begins with a YAML metadata block that starts and ends with three hyphens (---). This allows you to specify EPUB metadata such as the title and author.

Converting this to EPUB is done by running pandoc.

$ pandoc -t epub3 --toc -o example_ebook.epub

There are several options that need to be passed to pandoc.

You can now copy the file example_ebook.epub to any device that supports the format or use one of the many software readers such as Calibre. However, if you wish to read this on a Kindle device you will need to convert it to the Mobi format.

Amazon provides a command line tool called KindleGen that can convert our EPUB file into the Mobi format. After downloading the tool just run it as shown below.

$ kindlegen example_ebook.epub

This will create a file called that you can copy to your Kindle to read.


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