Sometimes, you write stuff, and want to make an ebook out of it, and why not? If you’ve written your stuff in Markdown, here’s a quick way to convert your file(s) to an epub!
Let’s install pandoc
sudo apt install pandoc
A first example
Let’s start with something easy, shall we?
In a file called simple.md write the following content:
% A bit more about Python, for my dear students % Maria Climent-Pommeret This ebook it for you, dear students, so that you'll get a bit more familiar with Python. ![Python logo](images/python-logo.png) # Chapter One: why you should always use Python 3 XXX TODO XXX: write this section # Chapter Two: why I really like conda XXX TODO XXX: write this section
And then run:
pandoc -o simple.epub simple.md
With your favorite ebook reader, display the result. You’ve made your first ebook \o/
Let’s put a cover!
What’s a book without a nice cover? Well that’s easy to do :)
You just have to run:
pandoc --epub-cover-image=images/python-logo.png -o simple.epub simple.md
A table of content?
Well yes sure!
pandoc --epub-cover-image=images/python-logo.png --toc -o simple.epub simple.md
An example with multiple files and metadata
Well if you’re writing something else than my dummy book, your chapters are probably splitted into many files and you probably want some metadata. Here you go
In a file called metadata.xml write:
--- title: "A bit more about Python, for my dear students" author: - "Maria Climent-Pommeret" keywords: ["python", "conda", "error-handling"] abstract: | This is an abstract. This is still an abstract. I have no idea what I'm doing. ...
Create the full ebook
pandoc --epub-cover-image=images/python-logo.png --toc --smart --epub-metadata=metadata.xml -o myebook.epub titre.md chapter1.md chapter2.md
And there, you’ve done it! Enjoy :)
Note: pandoc is awesome, you can do many many things with it. Check it out!