How to Create an Ebook With Microsoft Word – MUO – MakeUseOf

Want to create an ebook using Microsoft Word? Here’s how you can design and format your ebook in a few simple steps.
Ebooks are the electronic version of books that you can read on your computer, tablets, mobile devices, or Kindle.
You can write an ebook in any form—novel, non-fiction, or even create a freebie for your website’s visitors. Even though there are tons of software out there that you can use to create your ebook, Microsoft Word is one of the easiest and freemium options available.
So, let’s find out how to create an ebook using Microsoft Word.
Before you get into the nitty-gritty of creating an ebook, the first thing you should do is decide what your ebook will be about and how you want to structure it. It’ll make the rest of the designing and writing part easier.
Some basic things you must come up with beforehand are the following:
Now that you already have the perfect book title ready, all you need is an impressive cover page to put it on. Follow these steps to create the cover page for your ebook in Microsoft Word.
To tell your readers that your ebook is copyrighted intellectual property, you'll need to add a copyright page. Adding a copyright disclaimer can help you stay protected from any legal liability.
To get started, just follow these steps
Finally, write your copyright disclaimer.
The table of contents helps your readers quickly scan what topics the ebook covers and what they will get out of it. Microsoft Word offers you two different types of tables.
To insert the table of content in your ebook, follow these steps.
To update the automatic Table of Content, follow these simple steps:
You can also update the content from the table itself.
Depending on your purpose of the ebook, you can add your company name or website URL, page number, or more in your header and footer.
Most ebooks have the title written on their header. To insert it in your ebook, follow these steps.
Similarly, you can use your footer to display any information that's suitable for your ebook. To insert the footer, follow these steps.
You’re done with most of the formatting you need for your ebook. Now, you can start writing your draft, or if you’ve already created it in another document, just copy-paste the text.
To ensure the automatic table of content covers each of your headlines, choose them from the headings option.
Moreover, Microsoft Word also allows you to insert images or graphs in your document. To add an image, follow these steps.
If you’re writing a non-fiction ebook and need to explain various concepts, you can choose to insert:
Since it’s an ebook, you can add hyperlinks in the text and lead your readers to any website or landing page from here. To insert a hyperlink, follow these steps.
Ending your ebook with your author page is a good marketing technique.
So, add a good author bio and a nice headshot of yourself on this page (to insert your picture, follow the steps as explained above). Moreover, you can also add your social media or website links, your email address, or even promote your products or services, if you offer any, in this area.
Now that your ebook is finished and you have finalized the design, edit and proofread it for better accuracy, and export it in the form of PDF to share it with your readers.
Follow these steps to convert your Microsoft Word ebook into a PDF.
The ebooks you can create with Microsoft Word are pretty basic and not much captivating. But the tool is easy to use and can help you be done through the process in minimum time.
If you're writing a short story or a novel, then Microsoft Word can be your perfect option to get started.
Sadaf Tanzeem is a B2B SaaS and B2C self-help writer. She is on her way to make boring content of blogs flicker and encourage readers to take action.
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