How to Write an E-Book in Google Docs

The support you need for writing your first e-book may be as close as your computer and your Google e-mail, where you will find document templates that are relatively easy to use.

Create a Google Gmail account​ if you do not already have one. This will give you access to Google Documents. After you create your Google account, select the ​"Documents"​ menu option at the upper left hand portion of your Gmail screen just to the right of the "Calendar" menu button.

Open a ​new Google Documen​t based on a template by selecting the "Create" button, then choosing "From Template" on the drop-down menu. You don't have to use a template for writing your first e-book in Google Docs, but you might find a theme you like.

Write your e-book​ in Google Docs. The ​template​ that you use will allow you to repeat the graphics pattern across your e-book. You will find that you have all the same options for text formatting that you're used to from other word processing programs to include an embedded capability to save your work as a PDF document. The "Heading" text markups in Google Docs directly equate to how your Table of Contents will display. If you are not familiar with this feature from MS Word, experiment with your e-book outline before proceeding with your book writing, to prevent repeat work later.

Create a Table of Contents​ for the document before getting more than 10 pages into your e-book. The Table of Contents is normally inserted before your first page of text. You may desired to edit TOC entries that are redundant or not needed, such as the entry for the TOC itself.

Insert image​s in your text by selecting the "Insert" menu option, then clicking on the drop-down to "Image." You can choose to configure the size of the image as well as align the picture to the left, right or center in the document. When the image is aligned to a side, you may choose to include text to the side of the image.

Save your work as a ​PDF document​ by selecting "File," then the ​"Download File As PDF"​ menu option. If you intend to publish your work through a separate e-book retailer, you will then likely load your e-book cover separately from the primary text document, so there is no need to insert it as a Google Document.

Publish your e-book​ through any reputable e-book publisher.

Note

You can ​share Google Docs across users​. The only requirement to do so is that every person you are sharing the document with must have a Google account. For your first time using Google Docs, experiment with the Table of Contents feature of Google Docs to prevent having to repeat work.