If you want to self publish your book then there are a tons of online services that can be used, Amazon being one of them. Many of the writers who plan to self publish use Microsoft Word or its open-source alternatives like Libre Office or OpenOffice for writing their books. These editors have all the tools for writing from a simple article to a large novel, but they all can save your books in the Word document format only (.doc or .docx).
For publishing online, your books should ideally be in the ePub or Mobi format. For example, you need the books in the ePub format for Amazon Kindle. Similarly, only Mobi format is allowed on Barnes & Nobles, Kobo, and many other e-Books websites.
If you want to quickly convert your Word documents into ePub or Mobi format complete with a book cover, ISBN code and tags for searching, then you can follow these steps:
- Visit https://www.publishxpress.com/ in a web browser in your desktop computer.
- In the conversion form, type in the title of the book, select the Word file, select the book cover (JPEG image), enter the name of the author, the ISBN code (if any) and the tags. Finally click on the Convert to mobi and epub button to start the conversion.
- It will take a few seconds in which your files will be uploaded to PublishXPress server where they will be converted and put together into ePub and Mobi formats. You can then use the given download links to download the ePub and Mobi files to your local hard drive.
This process takes only a few seconds to complete if you have the Word document (DOCX) and the book cover ready for use. Instead of using DOCX, you can also use TXT, PDF, HTML, RTF or DJVU formats but the best results are achieved when you use the Word Document DOCX format.