The WordToEpub App Lets You Make Epub 3 eBooks in Windows

I am a big fan of tools that let you make ebooks (fun fact: none of Amazon’s Kindle creation tools qualify). I in fact have a post on ebook tools, and I am shortly going to be adding to it now that I have heard about the WordToEpub app from the Daisy consortium.

This is a Windows app that you can use to make an Epub 3 ebook. It is not a Word extension, but unfortunately it still requires MSWord in order to function.

I twice tried running the app even though I don’t have MSWord, and it crashed,  both times. This is a shame because it means I can’t use it to convert docs made by Libre Office or another office app.

You can download the app from the Daisy website.

I tested the app, and aside from some initial fussiness (it refused to accept a Word doc that had no headings) it started out okay. I fed it a Word doc, and then in the next menu it gave me the option of setting the metadata.

Then I clicked the okay button, and everything went down hill. The app tried to open MSWord, couldn’t find it, and had a nervous breakdown.

I would like to tell you more about how the app works or what the Epub looks like, but there is no Epub because the app didn’t work.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

4 Comments

  1. Hutch15 April, 2020

    From their documentation page , “Getting Started”:

    Requirements
    To use WordToEPUB will will need:

    – Windows 7, 8 or 10 (earlier versions may work but are untested)
    – Word 2010 or newer (earlier versions may also work)

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  2. Xavier Basora17 April, 2020

    Nate

    Interesting but useless as it doesn’t work.

    Why can’t programmers wrap their head around not everyone uses Word? I still use Wordperfect:others Libre office. So why’s it such a hassle to program for a wide variety of word processors?

    xavier

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  3. Jeremy Lynton18 April, 2020

    If word does it, it will probably result in huge files, with M$ garbled CSS and HTML!

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  4. Disgusting Dude18 April, 2020

    Everybody odds use Word but a lot do.
    Probably even most, if you count pirates.
    And word didn’t have an Epub3 export. Libre and Softmaker do. Use theirs and let Word users have a toy of tgeir own.
    Fair?

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