Recently I have converted one of my iCloud notes into an EPUB by first copying and pasting its content to Pages (by parts, since the entire content was not willing to be copied for some reason), then by manually designating all the headers as Pages headers (to get the table of contents working), and then by using the Pages "Export to EPUB" option. This was a lengthy and unpleasant procedure. Is there a better way to turn a note into an EPUB? By the way, I specifically need to have all the images from the note in the resulting EPUB document.

  • My guess is that you'll need to use something like calibre & calibre command line tools. My issue is that the notes app is just hard to control – it seems like you don't have a lot of options in terms of getting contents of your files. You can't "save as" or anything like that. All you can do is copy&paste or export as a PDF. I tried converting the exported PDF to epub with calibre, but only got mediocre results. What's the downside of a PDF (so I can think of other solutions)? – Talos Potential Jun 19 '20 at 22:52
  • @TalosPotential For me, the main downside of an auto-generated PDF in Notes is its font size - if I generate my PDF on iPhone, the text size will be too huge to read, and if I generate it on Mac, the font size will be too small to read on iPhone. – Mr_Tusk Jun 19 '20 at 23:02
  • There is a 3rd party app to convert all your notes to text files. – jmh Aug 19 '20 at 4:04
  • The downside of pdf is that it copies what it looks like on papaer and loses all information about formatting if you chnage the size of the paper/screen. epub is html so you can resize fonts change the screen size etc without losing information. – mmmmmm Dec 17 '20 at 12:32
  • The issue here is converting from Notes to anything - I suspect the easy answer is to start writing in something else (e.g. Pages) not notes. – mmmmmm Dec 17 '20 at 12:33

Sorry you had challenges with the copy to pages. In my experience, the content from the note to Pages is generally excellent and one step. Pages has EPUB export capabilities and it will take over all function for authoring from iBooks Author in the next OS release cycle in 2020.

I think you will find the hassle to get it into pages lessened over time and benefit from having it in a format you can edit easier than PDF.


You can save a Note as a PDF in the Notes App. Then you can use EPubIr to convert the PDF to EPUB. EPubIR is an app available at the link above. It sells for $2.99.

  • why the downvote? – jmh Dec 18 '20 at 1:25

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