The Shortest Path to ePub and Kindle from QuarkXPress

Here’s the world’s shortest description of how to convert a book to ePub or Kindle from QuarkXPress 9:

  1. Choose Layout> Add Pages to Reflow View…
  2. Choose View> Reflow View… and tag your content.
  3. Choose File> Export> Reflow as ePub… or File> Export> Reflow as Kindle…

That’s it!

(Yes, I know: you’ll need to set some options and add cover art, but basically this is the procedure.)

You can remove step 1 if you start with a text file — just choose eBook when creating a new Project:

Then, just import your text and pictures, tag it, and export an ePub or Kindle file!

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.

6 thoughts on “The Shortest Path to ePub and Kindle from QuarkXPress

  1. Teresa

    Is there a QuarkXPress 9 book or class in the works?

  2. Teresa: thanks for asking, but no. inexplicably pulled the plug on our planned QuarkXPress 9 title. And I don’t know of a QuarkPress 9 book. Weird, huh?

  3. Kara

    Here is a free ebook tool for you.

    You can easily convert your ebook from epub to pdf,epub to mobi, epub to kindle, etc.

    Free Online Converter / EPUB Converter:

    It provides you with the best mobi to epub converting experience.

  4. I wonder who these people are, and whether they are keeping a copy of your document for their own use. (!) Their “About” page doesn’t say who they are, and their “Terms of Use” and “Privacy” pages don’t exist. I would beware of this service.

  5. Jennifer

    Jay, you make it sound so easy! I have a book (in Quark) that was created with ONE huge text file from the title page to the very end. The layout artist just hit ENTER, ENTER, ENTER to make room for pictures, which he placed over the text file, and he didn’t make separate text boxes for the chapter number, name, the verse at the end, etc.

    How do I get this into an ebook? I’m just learning Quark and don’t even know how to split a text file. Much thanks!

  6. Lesley

    Just like that?
    Every time I ‘reflow as epub’ Quark crashes.
    I’m using v9.3.
    Having spent a couple of days building a book and enjoyed the process over the InDesign method, am now extremely peeved that the final process just isn’t working.
    Any suggestions or work arounds?

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