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Write and Self-Publish with the New iWork

Written on August 30, 2010 by Aiken Lewis

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Authors and non-authors alike would find something engaging in the improved Apple iWork suite of productivity apps. A couple of keywords here: write and publish.

The Thursday-released update for iWork–version 9.0.4–included a feature that would let writers add their work to iBookstore shelves. How? One app is the answer: Pages 4.0.4. The word processor now runs compatible with the e-Pub format, which is supported by iBooks, making it possible for Pages users to write from different paragraph styles or downloadable templates–and publish the finished product on the iPad’s e-Reader.

Authors can now type away with their iPads, craft stories and poems and the like, and upload their own material anytime. But this is not an exclusively-for-authors thing, so non-writers, bring out the iPads too!

The Pages manuscripts can be uploaded to iBooks as you tap, tap, tap, so authors may get the hang out of self-publishing. The Apple support site has displayed a document providing tips on writing in the ePub format. Once uploaded, the material can be viewed as a book. The joy and delight of an author in seeing his or her words in black and white…

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