If it seems like everyone is creating an ebook in 2022, you’re not imagining things. With the creator economy booming and a growing number of people reading digital books every year, ebooks are rising in popularity. In fact, a recent study shows that 30% of Americans read ebooks up from 25% in 2019. Compared to traditional book publishing, creating an ebook has much lower overhead costs and can take a fraction of the time to get on the virtual shelves. If you’re looking for a new way to monetize your expertise, don’t shy away from looking into tools to create an ebook.
Why go digital?
Creating ebooks is a great beginner-friendly way to get accustomed to the digital product world. Especially, if you have an online course, offering an ebook can be a great way to offer supplemental material that can be used as an upsell or as a bundled option. It can be a simple and cost-effective way lead magnet as well. Lead magnets are free resources used to provide your audience with high value content in exchange for an email address. The idea is to provide value and prompt your audience to join your email list, get them into your marketing funnels, or encourage them to upgrade to a purchase. Ebooks are fantastic lead magnets that can help with all of the above.
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Free and low-cost tools to make an ebook
Canva is undoubtedly one of the most popular beginner-friendly tools for creators from various backgrounds. While popular graphic designing tools such as Adobe Suite can require a lot of skill to bring your creations to life, Canva is the perfect alternative if you’re looking for something easy to navigate.
As far as ebooks are concerned, Canva has more than 1,500 fillable templates to create ebook covers and complete layouts. Of course, as with any other Canva template, every element is fully customizable to ensure you’re creating a project that is a true reflection of your brand.
Price: Free; Canva Pro subscription $12.99 per month
Helping you create better content faster is the ultimate goal of Visme. Visme’s template library featuring robust, ready-to-go designs takes the pressure off of creating the visuals for your ebook so you can focus on inputting valuable information for your readers. This tool makes creating your ebook is as simple as:
- Choosing the design that most closely matches your requirements for your ebook
- Inputting the content right from your web browser
- Hitting publish for the world to see
Price: Free; paid plans starting at $12.25 per month
One standout feature of LucidPress is that the platform offers free stock imagery, so you don’t have to venture out on your own to find it. In addition to creating content such as ebooks, you can create lockable branded templates (available with paid subscription) to ensure that any content you create is on-brand. When you get to building a team, you’ll truly appreciate how LucidPress can help with brand consistency, which matters in the age of creating digital products.
Keep in mind that the free version of LucidPress only allows you to create up to three documents and doesn’t give access to premium templates. If you see a lot of ebook creation in your future, the free plan is a great way to introduce yourself to the process and get your feet wet before jumping to a paid plan.
Price: Free; paid plans starting at $10 per month
The simplest and most accessible way to create an e-book is to use Google Slides, a cloud-based client that allows you to create from anywhere so long as you have wifi access. One great thing about Google Slides is that it makes collaboration simple if you need a second or third pair of eyes on your ebook. You create a presentation with each slide being a dedicated page, input all the imagery, text, and links you need, and export it as a PDF.
FYI, if you use Powerpoint instead of Google slides, you can create an ebook using this program as the two are pretty much interchangeable.
This sleek, sophisticated presentation software, which is very similar to Google Slides and Powerpoint, is available for free for Apple users (on mobile and desktop). Like the previously presentation programs, Keynote presentations can be exported as PDFs, making putting together your ebook easy as pie.