How to Export Files in Google Docs to ePub Format

Ben Stegner 18-03-2016

Google Docs is a fantastic alternative to Microsoft Office Google Docs vs. Microsoft Word: The Death Match for Research Writing Online solutions are becoming the norm. We decided to see how Microsoft Word stacks up against Google Docs. Which one will do the better research paper? Read More 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.


If you need even more options for sharing your work in Docs 10 Tips for Managing Shared Files on Google Drive Are you still learning the ropes of Google Drive? Here are several tips to help manage your files on Google Drive better. Read More , 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.


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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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  1. Anonymous
    March 24, 2016 at 5:01 am

    ePub is good alternative for pdf files.Everyone should have a epub reader in their desktop as one of the essential apps.very useful these days

  2. Cat
    March 18, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Thank you!
    This option hadn't crossed my mind but potentially hugely useful!
    I'll be thrilled to try it out!

  3. Colin
    March 18, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Amazon’s Kindle does not natively support ePub.

    • Ryan
      November 6, 2019 at 12:34 am

      I attempted converting a google doc into epub and all the book marks and TOC didn't show up in my epub reader, I did many work arounds and nothing worked then I downloaded google doc as docx then converted it to epub using cloudconvert .com and everything showed up in epub reader as expected