How to Turn a Word Document Into an ePub Document

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Most electronic book readers, with the exception of Amazon Kindle, use the EPUB format for books and documents. Microsoft Word does not convert Word documents to EPUB format. To convert a document to EPUB format, use an online conversion tool like ePub, or Online Convert, or you can download a free conversion utility like Calibre to your computer. Online tools can convert documents in several formats, including the DOC format, but have less options. Calibre has more options for customizing the document but will not recognize the DOC format, so you will have to save your Word document as an HTML file first.

Converting with Calibre

  • Open your document in Microsoft Word. Click "File." Then select "Save As."

  • Select "HTML" from the "Format" drop-down list. Then click the "Save" button.

  • Edit your document as desired. Then click "Save" in the "File" menu.

  • Use any graphics program to create a cover for your document. Save it in JPEG format.

  • Download and install Calibre to your computer. Then open Calibre.

  • Click the arrow beside "Add Books." Select "Add Book From a Single Directory." Navigate to your HTML document. Then click "Open."

  • Wait for Calibre to load your HTML document. A status bar will show its progress.

  • Click on the book to highlight it. Then click "Convert Books." A new window will open.

  • Select "EPUB" from the "Output Format" drop-down menu.

  • Click the "MetaData" button to enter the title, author, publisher, keywords, and comments. Select "Change Cover Image" to upload an image for the book cover.

  • Click the "Look & Feel" button to edit the base font size, indent size, remove spacing between paragraphs and other settings.

  • Click the "Page Setup" button if you want the EPUB document setup for a particular e-book reader, such as an iPad or Kobo Reader.

  • Click the "Table of Contents" button if your document uses a table of contents to specify its settings.

  • Click the arrow beside "View." Then click "View Specific Format." The EPUB document will open in a new window. Review the document. Edit the HTML document, or go through the conversion process again to make any changes to the EPUB document.

Using Online Conversion Tools

  • Navigate to a free online epub conversion website.

  • Upload your document.

  • Select "Convert Files to EPUB." Type in a title, author and any other specifications that are available.

  • Download the resulting EPUB document.

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