Every self-publishing author should know how to convert Word doc to epub and mobi files
While epub is used by most ebook reading devices, mobi is a file type that can be added and read on a Kindle.
It is easy to convert a Word document to epub and mobi, but why do you need to know how to do this?
Because it the only way that you can check to make sure that your Word document is correctly formatted before uploading it to a publishing service such as Amazon KDP, Smashwords or Draft2Digital.
By converting and checking your Word document on your own Kindle, iPad or PC, you will be able to see if there are any formatting errors in your file before your ebook is published and goes on sale.
Poorly formatted ebooks are a sales killer, so it is highly advisable to take the time to learn how to check your ebook well before you publish.
Don’t worry. The process is very easy and needs no special technical skills at all.
How to convert a Word doc or docx to epub or mobi file
The first step is to download a free software programme called Calibre. It is a free open source programme available for both PC and Mac.
Once installed, here are two basic ways to add your Word file to Calibre. One is to save your Word file in .docx format. Note: Calibre will not accept .doc files.
The other is to save your Word document in .html. To do this, click on ‘save as’ and then select the file type as .htm. If you have a little knowledge of HTML, this is the best time to clean up your HTML file before file converting.
However, if you are new to ebook creation and don’t know how to work with HTML, use the Word .docx file type because it is much quicker and easier to convert.
Preparing for the conversion to epub or mobi
Once you have your Word docx file saved and ready, go to Calibre and click on ‘Add Book’ to select your book’s Word file. Once it is added and listed in the main screen of Calibre, click on ‘Edit Metadata’.
In this screen, you can add all the details about your book and also add your cover image. Once complete, save, close and then click on ‘Convert Books’.
In the top right corner of the screen, select the file type epub and then click ok. Your book will now be processed and saved in your Calibre Library. Repeat if you wish to convert your book again to mobi for Kindle.
Now go to your Calibre Library and copy your new ebook files onto your e-reader, iPad or Kindle and see exactly how your new book will look when it is published as an ebook.
You can also open your epub file by using Apple iBooks, or for mobi use the Kindle app for your PC or Mac.
By converting your manuscript from Word doc or docx to epub or mobi, you can check and be absolutely sure that your readers will read a beautifully formatted ebook.