Free Ebook Templates: 8 Best Sites to Find Them Now
by Michal Leszczynski last updated on 0

Free Ebook Templates: 8 Best Sites to Find Them Now

Creating an ebook can be a pain, especially when you’re not a designer.

From thinking about the content, typography, color scheme, and layouts, you may end up overwhelmed.

But it doesn’t have to be such a struggle.

You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a professional designer or spend hours learning how to design when you can use an ebook template.

In this blog post you’ll find 8 websites where you can get professional, easily customizable ebook design templates.

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What is an ebook template?

An ebook template is a predesigned document that includes the elements of an ebook such as the color scheme, typography, headings, structure, and layout. 

With a template, you can edit these elements to create visually appealing ebook designs for your brand.

Now you don’t have to worry about losing your creative freedom, you can customize the elements to represent your brand and vision.

Did you know? GetResponse Lead Magnet Funnels let you host and promote your ebooks with ease. With these, you can build your authority as an expert and attract new audiences. It combines all the essential tools you need if you’re an ebook author – landing pages, email marketing, Facebook ads, and engaging social media ads.

8 websites to find ebook templates for free

These websites provide free templates which you can fully customize to your taste and build your ebook design:

1. Canva

Create downloadable ebook with Canva.
Canva – a graphic design tool that will let you create professional ebooks.

Canva is a drag-and-drop graphic design platform with a huge library full of professionally designed ebook and other design templates.

It’s extremely user-friendly and easily customizable. You can get started with Canva in minutes with a simple sign up form and a library of excellent tutorial videos on how to use it.

With the free version, you also get access to 100+ free templates to customize to your ebook layout.

A major plus with Canva is that you can download your finished ebook without a watermark. But if you’re using a premium stock image from their library, the Canva watermark remains on the design until you pay.

The free version gives you everything you need to create professional ebook designs, but if you want to take it up a notch, you can upgrade to their pro version which starts at $9.95/month.

Export format: PDF, JPEG, or PNG

Limitation(s):

  • Ebooks designed with Canva have a 30-page limit so you’d have to split your ebook into different documents if it’s longer. But you can always merge them with a PDF merger.
  • You can’t automatically generate page numbers on your ebook. You’d have to input them manually which is a bummer if you’re creating an ebook with a lot of pages.

2. Visme

Visme – data visualization and presentation tool that you can also use to create ebooks.
Visme – data visualization and presentation tool that you can also use to create ebooks.

Visme is a data visualization and presentation tool where you can also get free ebook templates. 

With the free version, you get six modern and simplistic ebook designs. 

Visme also has a drag-and-drop feature that makes it easy for you to customize the templates to add your logo.

If you want more template designs, images, no watermarks, and more customization options, you can get their standard version at $14/month or a complete version for $25/month.

Export format: PDF and JPG

Limitation(s):

  • You can only create five ebooks. After that, you’ll need to upgrade to a paid version.
  • The templates, charts and widgets are limited in the free version.
  • In the free version your ebook would have a watermark.

3. Blurb

Blurb – book design software for authors and content marketers.
Blurb – book design software for authors and content marketers.

Blurb is a book design software that provides beautifully designed ebook templates.

They have ebook designs you have to pay for but there are also basic templates they’ve made absolutely free to use.

Once you open an account with them, download their Bookwright software and you can customize their ebook designs, which are fully modifiable.

Export format: PDF

Limitation(s):

  • If you’re looking to have a beyond-basic type of ebook, Blurb pricing starts at $4.99.

4. Crello

Crello – online image editor for online books and more.
Crello – online image editor.

Crello is an easy-to-use online image editor.

With the free version, you get one ebook template with limited customization tools. You can also watch tutorials on how to use it from their website.

Crello has a premium version for $7.99//month which gives you access to 200+ ebook templates and tools.

Export format: PDF and JPEG

Limitation(s):

  • In the free version, you can only access a limited number of templates and customization tools.
  • Also, your ebook is watermarked.

5. Lucidpress

Lucidpress – brand templating platform that also lets you create ebooks.
Lucidpress – brand templating platform that also lets you create ebooks.

Lucidpress is a user-friendly brand templating platform you can use to create your ebook. With the free version, you get five modern ebook templates with restricted customization.

You can find more professional-looking templates on Lucidpress, and their drag-and-drop feature makes customizing your ebook easy.

Export format: Export options are only available with their pro version that’s $15/month.

Limitation(s):

  • In the free version you have limited templates.
  • Also, you have a three-page limit for ebooks.
  • And you can’t export, you can only share it publicly.

6. TEMPLATE.NET

Template.net – online directory for different kinds of templates, including ebooks.
Template.net – online directory for different kinds of templates, including ebooks.

TEMPLATE.NET — as the name implies — is an online directory for all kinds of templates, from website design templates, business card designs, and everything in between.

But ebook designs are what you’re looking for here. The directory has lots of paid and free templates for ebooks, and they’re also fully customizable.

Export format: AI, DOC, and EPUB

Limitation(s):

  • Like most other tools, you have more customizations and the best designs only in the PRO and PRO PLUS plans
  • You must give credit with a link to template.net (and if you’re printing your ebook, you must attach “Created By: Template.net” somewhere in all your copies)

7. Xara

Xara – online document sharing platform for marketing books and more.
Xara – online document sharing platform for marketing books and more.

Xara is an online document sharing platform.

With the free version, you get 14 beautiful templates for your ebook that you can easily customize and export.

You can also personalize and brand the templates with the tools available for the free version.

However, if you want more tools and templates, you have to upgrade to a paid version for $12.95/month for the pro or $16.95/month for pro+.

Export format: PDF, DOCX, PPT, JPEG, and XAR

Limitation(s):

  • There are limited templates and customization tools with the free version.

8. Snappa

Snappa – free ebook cover templates you can use in your own projects.
Snappa – free ebook cover templates you can use in your own projects.

Snappa is not exactly an ebook design software app, but they provide free ebook cover templates.

Ideally, that shouldn’t be an afterthought. In fact, it is as important as your ebook content. It can improve and reduce the number of conversions (sign-ups) you’ll be getting — since it’s the first part of your book readers are going to see.

So don’t treat it as an afterthought, it’s as important as the ebook content.

Limitations: Only three downloads per month in the free version.

Bonus tips to use the templates above

These tips are not rules you have to follow, but they’ll come in handy when creating your ebook.

Tip 1: This is a no-brainer, but use visual content

Infographics bring your ebook to life. Providing visual illustrations in your ebook will make it easy for readers to read and comprehend.

You should use charts, icons, illustrations, images and image captions to make the important details clearer.

Example of how GetResponse is using visuals in one of their ebooks – How to Create an Email List the Right Way.
Example of how GetResponse is using visuals in one of their ebooks – How to Create an Email List the Right Way.

Tip 2: Use visual hierarchy

Visual hierarchy is the way you arrange elements (text or images) in your ebook. It influences the way your reader perceives information.

As you know, bigger texts are for headlines, main ideas, and topics, small texts are for body content and descriptions.

Since different fonts have different sizes, it’s difficult to provide you with one size that you should use for headlines and main copy.

That said, here are some practical guidelines on how to choose the right font size for your ebook.

Doesn't the visual hierarchy make it easier to focus on the main parts of the page? Example from How to Promote Your Webinars in 9 Easy Steps.
Doesn’t the visual hierarchy make it easier to focus on the main parts of the page? Example from How to Promote Your Webinars in 9 Easy Steps.

Tip 3: Pick the right color scheme (that represents your brand)

Choose colors that resonate with your brand colors.

Also, when designing your ebook, be consistent with your color theme because it improves the organization and flow of the content. It’s also best you stick to 2-3 colors per ebook so your design doesn’t appear disorganized.

Overall, make sure the colors align with your main brand colors, so your audience always knows that your ebook is coming from no other brand but yours.

Don’t have a visual brand identity yet? Tools like Coolors will help you create good-looking color schemes very quickly.

Choosing and creating color schemes is easy with Coolors.
Choosing and creating color schemes is easy with Coolors.

Tip 4: Use white space

Don’t be afraid to use white space.

Using whitespace in your ebooks.
Example of white space in ebook design.

White spaces don’t always mean spaces that are colored white per se. They’re spaces (of any color) you use in your ebook to make it easier to read — as shown in the image above.

Use white space to make reading easy for your readers so they won’t find it difficult to read your ebook.

This rule doesn’t apply to ebooks only. Keep it in mind when designing your landing page and emails – where you’ll be promoting your ebook.

Bear in mind it’s easy to go overboard with space. Make sure to keep just enough white space to make your ebook readable but not too ‘bloated’.

Tip 5: Select an eligible font family

First, stick to one or two fonts per ebook.

And then pick fonts that are legible like the Arial, Times New Roman, or Courier fonts. You should also avoid heavily decorated font styles (depending on your content’s structure).

Use font formatting tools like bold, italic, and underline to make important content stand out and to emphasize meaning and/or relevance.

When picking a font size, consider using the so-called golden ratio. It’s going to help you decide on the font-size for your main copy, headlines, and also the appropriate line-height.

If you’re not sure how to match different fonts, check out “Popular Pairings” section in Google Fonts. It’s very useful if you’re, for example, trying to use different font styles for headlines and paragraphs. You’ll also find some popular font collections in this post over here.

Popular pairings in Google fonts – ebook design tips.
Popular pairings in Google fonts – ebook design tips.

Conclusion

You don’t need to go through the hassle involved in creating an ebook from scratch.

Ready-made ebook templates save you time and help streamline the process involved in creating an ebook for your brand.

You don’t need to involve your designer, nor buy expensive software like Adobe InDesign and then educate yourself on how to use it effectively.

Whether you’re going to use ebooks on social media, inside of your blog posts, or on standalone landing pages, the free resources in this article will come in handy.

And while we’re at it, why don’t you share how you’re using ebooks to meet your business goals? Are they a big part of your content marketing and lead generation programs?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

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