Do you wish to have a Word document in the ePub format so that you can read it on the go on an iPad or Sony reader? Well, the good news is that it is now possible to fulfill this wish in just a few seconds.
Irrespective of whether you want to write your next novel, read the soft copy of your certificates on an eBook reader, or want to share some documents with your friends who can view them only on an eReader, you can make ePub copies of the documents directly from MS Word. Doesn’t this sound interesting? Let us check out more on the ‘why’ and ‘how’ aspects now!
Why Only ePub For eReaders Or iBooks
It is true that there are some other formats such as PDF to read the eBooks on eReaders. Although PDF is a more sophisticated way of sharing documents than .doc, it does not render a user-friendly look on the eReaders such as the Nook, Kindle, and Sony Reader.
By this, I mean you can find it difficult to wrap or read text. Further, PDF tends to consume a considerable amount of space on devices such as iPad. Moreover, not all eReaders support this format. As a result, a new open-source standard is out in the market for eBooks. This is none other than the ePub format that supports text wrapping, vector display, resizing, CSS styling, and XML on any portable device.
What Makes MS Word Save A Document In The EPub Format
We all know that Microsoft Word allows us to design paper documents. However, with its 2007 and 2010 versions, we can conclude that it has become a sharing tool as well apart from being a processor. Moreover, we mostly share documents via an electronic medium more than distributing them as hard copies. Apart from sharing documents online, MS Word now allows us to share the documents in an eReader-friendly format.
This has become possible with a free add-on called Aspose.Words that makes MS Word save files in the ePub format in just a few clicks. It is obvious that you have to first install this add-on from the Internet. However, you need to remember that this add-on is currently available for Word 2007 only. Nevertheless, you will be able to obtain it for Word 2010 in the near future.
How To Download And Install Aspose.Words
To download Aspose.Words, you will have to go to http://www.aspose.com/community/files/69/free-utilities/aspose.words-express/category1319.aspx. Before you download, you will have to first register on the site.
Without registration, you are not allowed to download from the site. After downloading Aspose.Words, you have to follow the standard wizard for installation by running the setup.
Note: MS Word should not remain open during the installation.
How Do I Save A Document In The ePub Format
After you have completed with the installation, you can open MS Word to write a document. When you want to save the document, you just need to click the Office button and select the Save option.
This will open the Save As dialog box. Now, from the Save as type combo box below, select the — Aspose.Words – EPUB option from the list. Hurray! You have already obtained the document in the ePub format.
Now, you can read this ePub file in any of the eReader devices by simply transferring it. If you have ever tried this out, do share your experience here! We would like to hear about it from you.