Lets start by writting a very simple markdown file called
--- title: - type: main text: Example Ebook - type: subtitle text: An Ebook created from a Markdown file creator: - 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.
Converting this to EPUB is done by running pandoc.
$ pandoc example_ebook.md -t epub3 --toc -o example_ebook.epub
There are several options that need to be passed to pandoc.
example_ebook.md— This argument is the file that you are converting.
-t epub3— Set the output format to be EPUB v3 book.
--toc— Include a table of contents in the output document. This will be derived from the H1 headers in the markdown.
-o example_ebook.epub— Tell pandoc to output the conversion to the named file instead of stdout.
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
example_ebook.mobi that you can copy to your Kindle to read.
There is a zip file available that contains all the example files.