To create an e-book, start by writing in your favorite word processor. If you’re using Windows, follow these steps when you’re done writing:
- Save your e-book as a Microsoft Word .doc or .docx file. If you’re not using Microsoft Word, nearly every word processor can save documents in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format.
- Upload your Word .doc or .docx file to an online converter such as Online Convert, 2EPUB, or ePubConverter. These services are free and send back your Word document as an ePub file.
In case you’re wondering, a .doc file is the older file format that Microsoft Word 2003 and earlier versions used while the .docx file is the newer file format that Microsoft Word 2007 and newer uses. In general, it’s safer to save your files in the older .doc file format since more programs know how to use those files rather than the newer .docx files.
If you’re using a Macintosh, you can follow the above steps too, but if you’re using the free Pages word processor that comes with all new Macintosh computers, you can save your documents directly into an ePub file directly through the File menu by following these steps:
- Click the File menu in Pages.
- Choose Export To. A popup menu appears.
- Choose ePub. A dialog box appears, asking you for the name and additional information about your ePub file.
- Type in the name and category of your e-book and click the Next button. Pages creates an ePub file directly.