If you are planning to write and publish an ebook, you will need some ebook creator tools. There are a lot of choices when it comes to apps and tools for writing, formating, and creating your new ebook. Better still, all the tools in this article are free for you to use. Self-publishing an ebook is free, fun and for some authors, it can be profitable. Let’s look at 8 best free tools and apps you need to prepare and publish your ebook.

What you need to know about ebooks

An ebook an electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or a specifically designed handheld device. When you prepare an ebook for publishing, you may need to convert your manuscript. There are many ebook file types, but the main ones are:

1. Epub is the most common ebook format. Almost all ebook retailers apart from Amazon use it. It is compatible with most smartphones, tablets, and computers.

2. Mobi is one of the original ebook formats. Several different reading devices adopted the Mobipocket Reader format. But Amazon bought Mobipocket in 2005. It is not a current Amazon format now, but it still works on Kindle devices. This makes it useful for sharing ebooks with Kindle readers.

3. AZW is the broad file type Amazon uses for ebooks. When you self-publish an ebook with Kindle Direct Publishing, Amazon automatically converts your manuscript.

4. PDF is a well-known file extension. While it is not a dedicated ebook file type, it is useful for sharing an ebook so that anyone can read it on any device.

When you write your book, you don’t need to worry about file types. But later on, you will need some ebook creator tools to help you format and convert your ebook.

Choose the best free tools

You will need to write your book, create a book cover and check your ebook formatting before publishing. It’s a straightforward process, but the tools below will make it easier for you each step of the way. So, let’s take a look at the choices you have so you can decide which ones will be the best for you.

1. Microsoft Word

While it’s not free, if you have MS Word already installed on your computer, you are ready to write your ebook. The docx file format in Word is compatible with most self-publishing services such as Amazon Kindle, Okadabooks, Bambooks, Lulu, etc; so you can upload your file without any need to convert.

2. Apple Pages

If you use a Mac, Apple Pages is the best option for you. It is a great word processor and has a lot of benefits. You can export in docx and epub and also publish directly to Apple Books. All new Macs have it installed by default. But if you don’t have it, you can download it for free from the App Store.

3. Google Docs

Google Docs is an ideal alternative for both PC and Mac users. It’s an online word processor, but you can set it up to work offline. If you are familiar with Word, you will have no problems writing your ebook with Google Docs.

4. Canva

Every ebook needs a book cover. But hiring a graphic designer or buying pre-made covers can be expensive. The best free solution is to use Canva to create your ebook cover. It’s super easy to use and comes with a range of free templates for book covers.

5. Kindle Create

Before you publish your ebook, you will need to format it perfectly. The easiest way to do it is to use Kindle Create. You can style your manuscript to make it a pleasure to read on Kindle devices. It is free software from Amazon KDP, and it is available for PC and Mac.

6. Calibre

Calibre is often referred to as the Swiss Army Knife of ebook creator tools. There is so much you can do with it. But for most new authors, you will use it to convert your ebook manuscript to mobi, epub, and pdf. If you are technically minded, you can also edit your ebook in epub or HTML. It is available for PC, Mac, and Linux.

8. Free 3D book covers

You always need to promote your book to find readers and book buyers. Most authors use social media and a blog to help get the word out about a new book. But using a flat version of your cover is not as appealing as creating a 3D version of your cover.

There are many cover tools available, but I found one that is free and doesn’t require you to register or give your email address. DIY Book Covers is so easy to use, and you can create your eye-catching covers in only a minute or two.

Summary

You don’t need to spend a penny on ebook creator tools. The tools in my list have you covered for all aspects of writing, formatting, publishing, and promoting your new ebook. All you need to do now is get to work on writing your book.

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30, a collection of poems by Jaachi Anyatonwu
Jaachị Anyatọnwụ
Jaachị Anyatọnwụ is a poet, editor, and publisher living in the suburbs of Aba. He is the author of numerous poetry chapbooks and collections, and the Editor-In-Chief of Poemify Publishers Inc. Jaachị is passionate about discovering new voices and mentoring emerging poets. He is also a fierce advocate for the boy child and sexually molested.

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