How To Convert A Document From Word To Epub Or Mobi

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How to convert a Word Doc to epub or mobi

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

While the epub format is used by most ebook reading devices, the mobi format, or Kindle format, is a file type that can be added and read on a Kindle.

It is easy to convert Word to mobi and epub, but why do you need to know how to do this?

Because it is the only way that you can check to make sure that your Word document is correctly formatted before uploading it to a self- 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.

Before you start converting, however, make sure your Word document is correctly formatted using Word Styles. Good formatting in your Word document will make your ebook look and read much better for your potential ebook readers.

Now you are ready to convert either Word to epub format, or Word to mobi format, which is in fact from Word to Kindle.

Don’t worry. The conversion process is very easy and you don’t need any special technical skills at all.

How to convert a file from Word to epub or mobi file format

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.

Convert Word To Epub

Once installed, 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 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.

If your Word document is in doc format, simply do a save as in docx.

Preparing for the conversion from Word to epub and 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 on 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 book 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 converted from Word to epub and saved in your Calibre Library. Repeat if you wish to convert your book again from Word to mobi for Kindle.

Read your Word file as an ebook on your Kindle or iPad in a few minutes

Now go to your Calibre Library and copy your new mobi and epub book 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 now open your epub file by using Apple iBooks, or for mobi, use your Kindle or the Kindle app for your PC or Mac.

By converting your doc or docx manuscript from Word to epub or mobi before you publish, you can check and be absolutely sure that your ebook readers will read a beautifully formatted Kindle or epub ebook.

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Derek Haines

Derek Haines is an Australian author, living in Switzerland.

5 thoughts on “How To Convert A Document From Word To Epub Or Mobi

  • Thank you for your article, it filled in a very important piece of the puzzle for us. Being able to read along on the Kindle while we listen to the book on a PC has proven invaluable in bringing my wife’s latest book to life.
    From MS Word to Kindle in less time than it takes to boil an egg!!!!

  • I absolutely love this little jewel I came across today! So simple to use.Thank you!

  • Fantastic, up-to-date article! Thank you! I’ve been doing this for years as a small publisher, and yet, I still read up on it.

  • This is brilliant. You’ve made my work so much easier with this.

    Thank you.

  • I’ve published a few books in ebook form and in the past I just submitted the Word document – formatted with Style boxes and careful spacing, and saved as html – and it looks fine, at least on my Kindle and tablet. This time I thought I’d experiment with Calibre, which is very easy to use but played around with my indents – placing them far across the page rather than using the 1cm indent. I then tried Draft2Digital and again, very easy to use but apart from centring the chapter titles (which I didn’t want), their indents and spacing are also weird. For example they removed the spacing between chapters in my chapter notes for some reason. I also have a few ‘Part One/Two/Three’ etc which I formatted in style box large and centred, and they come out tiny and left aligned. I guess I will either have to learn html or stick to what I’ve done in the past, but it is frustrating.

    That said, your website is fantastic, one of the most useful out there, for which I am HUGELY grateful.



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