Five Free or Low Cost Alternatives to Apple Pages For Mac® or Microsoft Word® for Writers

by | Oct 30, 2014

Scrivener for Blog 640Although you may start off writing your current masterpiece by hand, at some point you must put your manuscript in a word processing program like Microsoft Word® or Apple Pages For Mac®. While these programs are not super expensive, you may not have 100 bucks sitting around to spend on software. There are several free or cheap alternatives that you can use to type your manuscript. Several of these programs will also allow you to convert your document to pdf or epub formats which are used by many eBook distributors.  

These are five of some of the best programs out there. Did I include your favorite? If not, list it in the comment section.  Happy Writing.

Open Office

Open Office is free, open source software which includes a word processor, presentation and spreadsheet program.

Google Drive

Google Drive (previously known as Google Docs) is a cloud-based application that allows you to store and create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms, and drawings. You can share, collaborate and sync your documents also.


Zoho is another free word processing suite, similar to Google Drive. It allows desktop syncing, file sharing, word processing and includes a spreadsheet and presentation tool.


Scrivener is a word processor and project management tool that allows you to outline and structure your ideas, take notes and view research alongside your writing. It is great for writing novels, articles, short stories, and screenplays. They offer a free trial.


Zamzar is a free, online converter that allows you to convert documents, images, music and video. They support over 1200 file types. It is a great tool to convert word processing documents to pdf, epub or other required formats.