How to Use Microsoft Word to Create an Ebook
Microsoft Word has lots of features that make creating ebooks easy. You can use styles to format an ebook or update its formatting to work on a different platform. You can use the References tool to create a table of contents automatically. And you can produce a design template that’s ready for repeated use, so you can spend more time creating content and less time futzing with layouts. Once you’ve mastered these steps, you can create great ebooks effortlessly. I’ll show you how.
Before you dive in, be aware that more than 20 common ebook formats exist today. Although some are readable on multiple devices, you’ll find no single format that every device can read. On top of that, screen sizes vary, so page sizes, image formats, image sizes, and other elements vary, too.
If you want your ebook to be readable on multiple devices, you’ll probably need to publish it in multiple formats. You should plan out which e-readers to target before you start formatting: Your choice of devices will dictate which formats you can use, and from there you’ll need to research the exact specifications of each device so that you can design for it.
The most popular ebook file formats–the ones that most devices can read–include plain text, Adobe PDF, ePub, and HTML. Most e-readers can display images as well, although some, such as Amazon’s Kindle, have only monochrome screens. If you think people will read your ebook on a monochrome e-reader, make sure that the images look good in black and white.
1. Preparing interactive ebook content and material
There are countless online services and websites to help you prepare your interactive ebook (content resources and more). Some services can do a lot of the manual work for you for a small fee. They can handle the heavy work that for you might be a drag, such as designing your ebook cover, formatting your document for ebook readers, and creating custom interactivity. As we go along, we’ll point you in the direction of some of these services.
Do I have to do my writing in the software that creates interactive ebooks?
No. Nearly all software allow you both options: you can write your ebook directly into the software or import it from a word document, PDF file or even an old EPUB that wasn’t interactive. So go ahead and write, wherever your creative juices flow the fastest: your blog, favorite word processor, old-fashioned journal or even the proverbial restaurant napkin.
Should I write my ebook then add the interactivity? Or work on both simultaneously?
What if I have all the ideas, but I’m not sure I can write a whole book?
If you’re worried you don’t have the time or the writing skills, you can hire a ghostwriter or editor. Ghostwriters will do the writing for you (for payment), and they won’t ask to be mentioned in your book as an author. Editors will take your writing and edit/proofread it as necessary. Where do you find ghostwriters and editors? Freelancing sites like Upwork , Reedsy or Fiverr .
What if I already have a published book, but no electronic copies of it?
If the images are many or the layout of the book is integral and you do not want to have to redo the layout. Instead, you can have your book scanned and turned into a PDF. Then with the interactive ebook software, you can build on the PDF. One of the most affordable places you’ll find for scanning is 1 Dollar Scan . By mailing a hard-copy book to 1 Dollar Scan , you can get your book converted into a PDF for as low as 1 dollar.