The ePub format is a digital book format. It is an open file format (anyone can use it) and can be read by many popular eReaders, including Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Apple’s iBooks. If you wish to create your own ePub digital book, there are a few ways you can do this. If you already have the eBook in a particular format, you can easily convert it to an ePub. If you are in the process of creating the book, you can export your work to the ePub format or use a self-publishing format.
Things You'll Need
- ePub conversion software
- Document-creation software
Convert an existing document to the ePub format. If you already have your eBook in a different file format and wish to make an ePub out of it, you can easily convert the file using specific software. Calibre is a popular, free option for converting eBook formats. Epub2Go and 2EPub are also available options, as well as online converters. This option is the simplest, though it may result in some formatting issues.
Save your eBook as an ePub. Adobe InDesign, Apple Pages and OpenOffice allow you to save your document as an ePub eBook file. When you are done editing the document, simply select “ePub” as the format of choice from the “Export” or “Save As...” options menu. If you use Microsoft Word, you can save the document as a “Web Page (filtered)” and then convert that file to an ePub using the previously mentioned Calibre.
Use an online-publishing service. There are numerous sites that allow you to self-publish your books for a fee. You can create not only physical books, but digital ePub eBooks. Lulu.com, CreateSpace, Amazon and Barnes & Noble all offer self-publishing tools to create your eBook.
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