10 Best Free Book Publishing Software For Self-Publishing Authors

Best Free Tools For Self Publishing Authors

Here are 10 of the best free book publishing software and self-publishing apps to help with your book publishing and promotion.

We all need some help. The following list of ten free book publishing software and writing tools I use almost every day. So I can vouch for how useful they are.

There are so many aspects to being a self-published author. It is sometimes hard to count the number of hats you need to wear every day.

If you have the best online publishing tools and software, you are one step ahead.

My ten best and most useful free book publishing software tools

You have to write, format, design, publish, promote, market, blog, and then find time to connect with our readers.

So you need the best publishing software you can find.

These free book publishing tools will save you a lot of time to do what you do best — writing a book.

 

1. Canva

Create your free ebook covers.

Canva is a must-have free tool for all authors and bloggers.

Images are vital in attracting attention. But you should use unique images and never copy or download images from Google Image Search.

Canva is a great graphic design tool that solves this problem with ease.

Canva is a terrific free tool to create free ebook covers

There are loads of professionally designed templates.

You can find Facebook headers, social media posts, logos, ebook covers, business cards, and Twitter posts, just to name a few.

There is a paid option. But the free version comes with plenty of free images, graphics, icons, shapes, and backgrounds for almost any image project you can imagine.

You can upload your own stock images to use with Canva. Then you can create truly unique images for your blog or online magazine and share them on social media.

Best of all, it is user-friendly and very easy to use.

You can create stunning ebook covers with Canva. Choose from hundreds of templates or create your own from scratch.

book publishing software to create a free ebook cover

 

2. Shaxpir

You need to write a book.

Are you looking for free book publishing software to write a book or novel? Well, Shaxpir really packs a lot of features into its free version.

The main feature is the Manuscript Builder, where you can use drag-and-drop tools to rearrange any part of your manuscript.

You can also move and change the order of your scenes or chapters.

The Shaxpir book writing program is ideal for new authors

 

You can set writing goals for your book project and keep track of your progress. Importantly, it lets you take notes about your events, characters, and places.

You can collect and save any concept art you find and add your margin comments.

There is also an in-built spellchecker.

There is a lot of free software designed for writing books. But Shaxpir offers you the widest range of features I have seen in a free version.

You can download Shaxpir for both Mac and PC. There is also an option for cloud access.

 

3. ProWritingAid

Always triple-check your spelling and grammar.

Prowritingaid is a fantastic grammar and writing checker. It includes so many checks and reports to help analyze your writing.

It is one of the best writing aids for self-publishing authors. The tools and reports dig deep into your text and offer you a huge range of suggestions to improve your writing.

Prowritingaid desktop editor

You can add extensions for Chrome, Microsoft Office, Google Docs, and Scrivener.

There is a free version of ProWritingAid available that offers you plenty of functionality to help you check your online writing.

But authors might think about the modestly priced premium version, which includes all the reports and editing tools.

ProWritingAid is my number one go-to editing tool when I need to work intensively on book manuscripts.

 

4. Sonar

You need to research your Amazon keywords.

Whenever you publish a book or ebook on Amazon, you need to add seven search keywords.

Don’t rush into this because finding the best keywords is vital to the success of your book.

There are many ways you can do Amazon keyword research for free.

Sonar is the best free tool to find Amazon keywords for a book

But one of the best free keyword search tools for Amazon keywords is Sonar.

Al you need to do is enter your seed keyword and then check the results for the best ideas and related search phrases.

You can then click on any of the suggestions to find even more possible keywords for your book.

Sonar results give you lots of keyword ideas for a book

It shouldn’t take you long to find plenty of ideas for your Amazon search keywords.

However, because it is a free service, you won’t be able to access search or sales volume for each keyword phrase.

If you want to access real-time sales and search data, you will need to use premium software like Publisher Rocket.

 

5. KDP Wizard

Manage all your KDP books.

KDP Wizard gives you easy access to all of your book data and files in a quick and functional format. It works directly in your Chrome browser.

The KDP Wizard browser app is the Amazon KDP tool for listing and editing all your book information in one place.

There is a Rich Text Editor for book descriptions to make optimized product descriptions simple.

Acess all your book data and files with KDP wizard

You can search & select categories easily, speeding up the listing process.

Easy access to keyword profiles, authors, contributors, descriptions, pricing profiles, and more through smart dropdowns.

Copy all page attributes from one listing tab to another to save time when creating multiple new books.

Check out all the features that are available to manage all your books on Amazon.

Best of all, there is a totally free version you can use.

 

6. Calibre

An ebook editor and much more.

Without a doubt, as far as book publishing software goes, Calibre is the number one ebook tool every indie author should have.

Calibre book publishing software for ebooks

It does everything you could need to do when it comes to ebook creation. It also a great free tool for converting from Microsoft Word to mobi and epub ebook files.

You get an ebook reader, ebook library, and you can sync to e-reading devices.

For those with a little technical skill, you can also edit HTML, epub, and AZW3 (Kindle) or mobi.

 

7. ImageOptim

Crunch your images for faster site loading.

ImageOptim is a free software application for Mac and Linux users.

Make all your images load faster with ImageOptim

It reduces the size of images before using on blogs or websites by using drag-and-drop. Quick, easy, and very efficient. (Windows users can try File Optimizer.)

 

8. DIY Book Covers

3D book mockups for your book promotion.

DIY Book Design offers a free tool to create single or composite 3D book covers.

3D DIY Books

It only takes three quick steps. Choose your template, upload your book cover image and then download your 3D book cover.

The example above took me less than 30 seconds.

Best of all, it’s free to use for as many covers as you want.

 

9. GIMP

You always need an image editor.

Working with images is a regular task for authors now.

But Photoshop is very expensive. GIMP is a free open source alternative that works exceedingly well on all platforms.

Gimp is a great free alternative to Photoshop

If you are new to image editing, it will be a learning curve. But no more so than for Photoshop or any other image or DTP software.

For Mac users, there is also Seashore. I also use it from time to time for book design mock-ups for covers.

 

10. Kindle Create

A free tool from Amazon Kindle.

Kindle Create is one of the must-have self-publishing apps for all authors. It is the best ebook publishing software for authors.

There are all the tools you need to easily create and format perfect ebooks for Kindle. It will also automatically create a table of contents.

Kindle Create book publishing software

Kindle Create is very easy to learn how to use it. You will be up and running in no time at all.

It’s also possible to use this app to format your print book.

You need to download and install the web app on your computer from Kindle Direct Publishing. It is available for both PC and Mac.

Note: An alternative free app for Mac users is iBooks Author. However, it is an ebook creator software tool that is best suited to interactive ebooks.

 

Summary

There is a wide range of free book writing software, free word processor applications, and online tools for self-publishing authors.

Apart from my favorites listed above, I use quite a few more to help save me time.

Not everything is free nowadays. But if and when I am convinced a tool, application, or online service is worth paying for, I will.

However, most online writing tools and applications a self-publishing author needs to use each day are available for free.

Derek Haines

A Cambridge CELTA English teacher and author with a passion for writing and all forms of publishing. My days are spent writing and blogging, as well as testing and taming new technology.

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8 thoughts on “10 Best Free Book Publishing Software For Self-Publishing Authors

  • Avatar for Sharon Schwalbe
    November 14, 2020 at 6:01 pm
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    Any help or know a publisher who wants original children’s books, written and illustrated by the author?

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  • Avatar for Reeta Chauhan
    August 6, 2020 at 8:13 pm
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    For a self publishing author like me these tools are my best companion.
    From designing the cover of my book to write and edit it, they are a complete performance package.

    Reply
  • Avatar for Rahsaan Faraji Foster
    October 18, 2018 at 2:11 am
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    Tools to help guide and teach with ther terminology to aid in the overall experience and the confidence to self-publish.

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  • Avatar for mary
    August 22, 2018 at 3:07 pm
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    Very useful article, thanks or sharing

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  • Avatar for Penelope Haines
    October 29, 2016 at 8:36 pm
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    Thank you, Derek. A very useful set of tools.

    Reply

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