In THE ANSWER TO YOUR WRITING PRAYERS, Brett Kelly says:
If you’re reading this, chances are quite good that you write things, particularly for the web. There are two ways to write for the web (in my opinion, of course):
Some other dumb way that’s probably hurting your liver somehow.
Read the Comments to the post if you like lawyer jokes. Contribute your own joke, and you can win a copy of the ebook… 🙂
I ADORE Markdown. I do most of my writing in it, because it’s so natural, and you can convert it to any format you like — FWIW, I use Byword for this mostly, because it’s distraction-free.
So, when I read Brett’s post, I had to check out the Markdown ebook. I downloaded a sample to my iPad, and quick as a wink, I decided to buy it.
The ebook comes in two versions, for the iPad from Apple’s iBookstore, or as a PDF. The iPad version is GORGEOUS. It’s a delight to read. The text and images are interspersed with audio and video. I love it. Although I’ve been using Markdown for years, I learned a few things. If you’re new to Markdown, you couldn’t get a better introduction.
The ebook was written in iBooks Author. I’m tempted to use iBooks Author myself. However, there’s a big problem. You can only sell these ebooks on Apple’s iBookstore, because you can only sell your ebook on Apple. Yes, I know, you can export your ebook from iBooks Author to use elsewhere. But it’s a lot of hassle. I’m used to my own Kindle ebook writing process: Scrivener to Kindle ebook.
Mind you, I am feeling a little sulky that I can’t achieve The MacSparky Markdown Field Guide’s sheer beauty in my tools, but I’ll get over it. Any moment now. 😉
Lovely, lovely ebook. I’m reading it for pleasure, rather than instruction, but if you want a Markdown primer that’s easy to read and understand, you won’t go wrong with this ebook.