Saturday, September 22, 2012

How to create an ebook with Pandoc, the swiss-army-knife conversion tool

By Vasudev Ram

Pandoc is a tool that lets you convert many document formats to many other document formats.

I had blogged or tweeted about Pandoc some time ago, but saw this feature only today:

Pandoc can be used to easily create EPUB format ebooks.

I was interested to see that the process of creating an EPUB ebook using Pandoc is similar (in one respect only, that is one book chapter per file or directory *) to the process of creating PDF ebooks with xtopdf, my PDF creation toolkit.

Of course, the Pandoc method supports many more features (including markup, metadata, etc.) than xtopdf does. But xtopdf is very easy if you just want a simple set of text chapters converted to a single PDF ebook.

* One chapter per file for xtopdf, one chapter per directory for Pandoc.

- Vasudev Ram - Dancing Bison Enterprises

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