This week's book giveaway is in the Testing forum. We're giving away four copies of The Way of the Web Tester: A Beginner's Guide to Automating Tests and have Jonathan Rasmusson on-line! See this thread for details.
MS Word files are hard to read and write. OpenOffice may be a good solution for you. Another option is using RTF. It's supported by both Wordpad and MS Word and can do most things MS Word files can do. iText is able to write RTF files.