Google Docs is a fantastic alternative to Microsoft Office for any sort of writing work, especially if you’re already well-integrated into Google’s ecosystem. It offers a variety of exporting options to ensure that your work is compatible with other software, including Microsoft Word files and Rich Text Format for generic word processors.
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If you need even more options for sharing your work in Docs, you can also export to ePub format. This is the format compatible with most eBook readers such as Google Books on Android and iOS, Amazon’s Kindle, and the Nook.
To save your Docs file as ePub, simply go to File > Download As > EPUB Publication and you’ll have a nice ePub file in one step.
This is a great option if you’re writing a book or short story in Google Docs and want to make sure it’s compatible with mobile devices (since document files aren’t ideal for reading a book) or you want to send something you’ve been working on to a friend to review on their Kindle.
Admittedly, you probably won’t need to export to ePub often, but it’s nice to have the functionality right inside Drive instead of having to download it to a Word file and convert it to ePub yourself. In this age, you almost need to provide a digital version of your book to make sure as many people see it as possible, and this is a great way to do so.
Don’t have a compatible device but want to make sure your new ePub file looks right? You can view them right inside Firefox with ePubReader.
Do you use ePub files often? Have you ever written a book or short story inside Google Docs? Let us know if you have experience with this in the comments!
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