Convert a Word document to an ebook file

Every self-publishing author should know how to convert Word to epub and mobi files.

While .epub is used by most ebook reading devices, mobi is a file type that can be added to 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 manuscript is correctly formatted before uploading it to a publishing service such as Amazon KDP, Smashwords or Draft2Digital.

By converting and checking your book on your own Kindle, iPad or PC, you will be able to see any errors in your file before your ebook is published and goes on sale. Poorly formatted ebooks are a sales killer, so it is best to take the time to learn how to check your book before you publish.

Convert a Word document to an eBook file

The first step is to download a programme called Calibre. It is a free open source programme available for PC and Mac.

Convert Word To Epub

There 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 way to clean up your HTML file before converting. But if you are new to ebook creation, use the Word .docx file type.

Once you have your new file, go to Calibre and click on ‘Add Book’ to select your book’s Word file. Once 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 add a cover image. Once complete, 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 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.

This page was last updated on March 16th, 2017

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