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New tool to convert Word docs to EPUB 3

The Daisy Consortium has created a tool that converts Word documents (on Windows) into EPUB 3 documents.

EPUB is a digital format for reading publications on laptops, tablets, and smartphones. EPUBs include rich navigation and various accessibility features. The EPUB files created with the Daisy tool can be used in a wide variety of reading apps on any platform. It also has the ability to personalize visual features such as colors, font, text size, and layout. Many reading apps that are used to access EPUB files have other useful features built in such as read aloud, note and highlight feature, bookmarks, and support for electronic braille.

The Daisy Consortium supports open standards and helps develop inclusive publishing ecosystems for everybody.

Find out more about WordToEPUB.

Learn more about creating inclusive EPUB 3 in Floe’s Inclusive Learning Design Handbook.

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