Ebook and Print Production from Word

ProductionGuide-Cover_811All that advice to “just use Word”? Then the results leave something to be desired?

Here’s a step-by-step guide for converting a Microsoft Word file to a cleanly formatted, easily updated MOBI file and a POD-ready PDF.

Get a FREE PDF download:
Ebook and Print Production from Word Production Guide 

Download related files here: Sample Files – OPF, NCX, CSS
POD-template for Word
See also FAQ for Production from Word Guide

In this step-by-step guide:
– Word-to-POD-ready Print File
– Word-to-MOBI Production
– Managing Styles in Microsoft Word

For creating print-on-demand (POD) PDF files:

  • How to get headers, page numbers, front matter, and back matter to look professional, quickly.
  • How to get justified text that doesn’t look like it was done by a space alien who’s heard of “rules of written language” but doesn’t realy grok what it means.

For creating ebook files:

  • How to quickly convert from Word and get the results you intend.
  • Make chapter breaks, the Table of Contents, and navigation controls work right, quickly.
  • Control art, chapter and page decorations, and internal hyperlinks.
  • Avoid wonky line spacing and bad indents.

These notes assume that your working environment is Windows and Microsoft Word. The ebook production steps focus on creating a MOBI file (Amazon format). You can find other guides and tools for creating an ePub for other eBook retailers, using the same source files as described in this guide.

About anniepearsonOK

Author of the Rain City series, managing editor of Jugum Press, and writer/project manager for eclectic technical communications projects.

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