Author let’s you write eBooks using the power of Jekyll.


Book publishing template for Jekyll. Browse through a live demo.

Author was made by CloudCannon, the Cloud CMS for Jekyll. Find more templates and themes at CloudCannon Academy.

Learn Jekyll with step-by-step tutorials and videos at CloudCannon Academy.

Deploy to CloudCannon


  • Chapter-by-chapter view
  • Full book view
  • PDF view


  1. Add your site and book details in _config.yml.
  2. Add your cover details to _data/settings.yml
  3. Get a workflow going to see your site’s output (with CloudCannon or Jekyll locally).


Author was built with Jekyll version 3.7.2, but should support newer versions as well.

Install the dependencies with Bundler:

$ bundle install

Run jekyll commands through Bundler to ensure you’re using the right versions:

$ bundle exec jekyll serve


Author is already optimised for adding, updating and removing chapters in CloudCannon.