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eBook Creation 101: Software/Applications

DIY eBook creation instruction. Learn how to create, license, publish, and promote your own ebook.


  • $45 (but has cheaper educational pricing)
  • Not just an ebook creation tool; full suite of tools for writers
  • MacOS and PC


  • $200
  • MacOS only
  • Creates both ebooks and print books


  • Free
  • Designed to allow anyone to publish, then sell
  • DRM-free
  • Integrated with public libraries' Overdrive system

Press Books

  • Built on WordPress platform
  • Professional publishing houses using it

Pressbooks is our favourite platform.  It's user-friendly, has lots of features, and will be useful to most people who want to create eBooks.  Highly recommended!

iBooks Author

  • Viewable on Apple devices only
  • Beautifully designed templates
  • Drag-and-drop, WYSIWYG editing

Although beautifully designed and capable of producing stunning eBooks, the app isn't particularly useful in many contexts because it's limited to Apple devices.  Sorry, Kobo owners. :-(

File Conversion

If you'd like to convert files into an eBook-friendly format, use one of the following free online tools:

These sites offer no frills eBook-making.  You take a PDF or a MS Words file and convert it to an eBook format.  No design options are available. 

eBook Management

Once you've created or downloaded eBooks, you'll need to manage them.  


  • Free - open source
  • Organize eLibrary
  • Transfers files to your device
  • Handles open (DRM-free) eBooks
  • Converts file types
  • Edits item metadata
  • Free - proprietary
  • Organize eLibrary
  • Transfers files to your device
  • Handles open (DRM-free) eBooks
  • Handles DRM eBooks from vendors & lenders


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Kathleen Reed
Assessment and Data Librarian
Vancouver Island University
900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo, BC
V9R 5S5

Phone: 250-753-3245
Local: 2271
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