Convert Word Documents to ePub Format for Your eReader or iBooks

By Matthew Guay on September 8th, 2010

Have you ever wanted to create an ePub document?  Whether you’re planning on writing the next bestseller or simply want to read your quarterly performance report on your eBook reader, here’s how t0 save files as ePub directly from Microsoft Word.

Microsoft Word was designed around paper documents, but today, most of us share more documents electronically than we print.  While Word files can still work great for sharing with others and distributing online, often it can be better to save your files in an eReader friendly format.  PDF files are a great way to share documents, but they often don’t look very good on eReader devices such as the Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader, and can take up valuable space on other devices such as a netbook or iPad.  ePub is the new standard for eBooks, and with the free Aspose.Words addin, you can save files as ePub directly from your favorite word processor.

Please Note:  Unfortunately, this addon only works in Word 2007 right now, but the developer plans on releasing a Word 2010 version in the near future.

To start creating ePub files from Word 2007, you’ll need to install the free Aspose.Words for Word addon.  Head to the website (link below) and click the Download link.

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The addin is free, but you’ll need to register before you can download it.

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Once you’ve download Aspose.Words, install it as normal.  Make sure to exit Word before you begin the installation.

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Once setup is complete, open any document in Word as normal, or write a new document in Word.  When you’re ready to save the document as an ePub file, click the Office orb, and select Save.

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In the Save As window, click Save as type and select Aspose.Words ePub from the list.

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Now you can open your ePub file in any eReader program, such as Nook for PC.  You can also transfer it to your eReader device, including a Sony reader or iPad, to read on the go.  If you use a Kindle, you can also convert the ePub file to MOBI format with Calibre and transfer it to your device.

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Word is one of the most versatile word processors, and it’s great to be able to save files in one of the newest popular eBook formats directly from it.  Whether you’re wanting to sell eBooks, distribute them to your coworkers and friends, or just read your longer Word documents on your eReader, this is a great way to do it!

Download Aspose.Words for Microsoft Word 2007 (registration required)

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  • Published 09/8/10
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