Which file format should I use when publishing on Smashwords: Word document or EPUB?

Although you can submit your book as an EPUB file via Smashwords Direct, we consider this a secondary format. Ebook Launch recommends using a Word .doc file, since the Smashwords system is built around a formatted word document. Only in certain instances would an EPUB file be a better option. 

Some of the advantages to choosing a Word document file include:

  • Multiple files formats within the Smashwords catalogue
  • Search engine indexing of the book's preview
  • Easily editable files using Microsoft Word
  • Option to easily replace or update book covers

For a detailed discussion and explanation on the difference between Word document and EPUB files, please refer to the Smashwords Direct article here

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