Whether you’re an experienced author or just starting out, writing an ebook is a valuable way to demonstrate authority, expand your network, and generate income. But writing and publishing an ebook can feel like a monumental task.
Ebook writing software simplifies the writing, designing, formatting, and publishing processes. In this article, we’ll review the top eight ebook tools and software to help you write an ebook in no time.
How to choose the right software to create ebooks
Choosing the rightsoftware to write and format an ebook depends on your target audience, style, design goals, and where you plan to publish it.
Here are a few factors to consider when choosing ebook software:
Budget: Some ebook software platforms are available to download for a one-time fee. Others require a monthly subscription or annual licensing fee. One-time purchases can be more expensive up front, but there won’t be any price increases down the line. On the other hand, if you don’t like the software or your needs change, you will need to invest in a new product.
Operating system: Some ebook software platforms work only on either Windows or Mac. Our list below includes tools that accommodate both.
Format: Ebook software must support the format in which you intend to publish. Platforms vary by how you can export your ebook. Do you want it to be a PDF or EPUB format for ereaders? Are you looking to publish a static or interactive ebook? How will you distribute it?
The 8 best tools and software to create ebooks
With the explosion of writing software and tools, writing an ebook has never been easier. But with so many platforms available, choosing the best ebook writing solution can be challenging.
We'll review the top eight ebook writing tools—along with their top features, pros, cons, and pricing—so you can decide which is best for you.
Jasper is an AI writing assistant that helps writers, marketers, and entrepreneurs create content up to 10 times faster. Whether you are writing a blog post, YouTube script, or an ebook, Jasper accelerates the brainstorming process and eliminates writer’s block.
Templates: Every Jasper plan includes over 50 templates to help you outline, write, and market your ebook.
Jasper Art: Make your ebook stand out visually with Jasper’s AI image generator, Jasper Art.
Chat with Jasper as though you were discussing a project with a writing assistant, and direct it to write exactly what you want.
Write and translate content in over 29 different languages.
Check your grammar and punctuation in the editor using Jasper’s built-in Grammarly functionality.
Ensure your content is 100% original with the plagiarism checker, powered by Copyscape.
While Jasper speeds up the writing process, it is not a replacement for a human writer. Users should review and refine all content for accuracy and context.
Pricing: The Starter plan starts at $29 per month for 25,000 words. Boss Mode starts at $59 per month for 50,000 words. A 5-day free trial is available with 10,000 credits.
Atticus is all-in-one writing software. Its writing and formatting tools make creating and publishing professional ebooks easy.
Atticus editor: Write and edit your ebook in the Atticus editor. Set goals, such as a target reading level and word count, to track your progress.
Drag and drop: Moving chapters is easy with the tool’s drag-and-drop feature.
Custom theme builder: Create your own theme with Atticus’ custom theme builder, or choose from 17 templates.
Preview: See how your book looks on various platforms, including websites, smartphones, and ereaders.
Works on all platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chromebook.
Suitable for online and offline use.
Export in all formats, including EPUB, PDF, and DOCX.
The tool is new, so some features aren’t available yet.
Pricing: Atticus has a one-time payment of $147 for both ebook and print.
With over 18 million users in 133 countries, Visme is an all-in-one design platform. With Visme, marketers and business owners create interactive presentations, brochures, ebooks, videos, and other branded content.
Templates: Over 70 ebook templates. Select a template, upload your manuscript, and customize it.
Imagery: Add images, animations, interactive charts, audio, video, and links.
Flipbooks: Create page-turners with Visme’s flipbook effect.
Easy to use. Users do not need design or coding experience.
Use the Brand Wizard to add your brand’s font, colors, and logo to your ebook.
Export ebooks in PDF, JPG, PNG, and HTML5 formats. Share online with a link or embed your ebook on your website.
No ability to edit for grammar or punctuation in the tool.
Customizing or creating your own animations can be challenging.
You cannot export your ebook as an EPUB file for ereaders.
Pricing: The Basic plan is Free. The Starter plan is $29 per month, and the Pro plan is $59 per month.
4. Adobe InDesign
Adobe InDesign is part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite of creativity and design applications. This desktop design software allows you to create ebooks, digital magazines, and interactive PDFs.
Auto Style: Copy and paste your unformatted text into a template. The Auto Style feature will identify and format section headers, subheadings, body text, and footers.
Custom layouts: Create your ideal page layout with custom designs and adjustable spacing.
Imagery: Add HEIC, JP2K (JPEG 2000), and WebP images into your ebook. Adobe InDesign will automatically convert all files.
Access to thousands of different fonts with Adobe Fonts.
Access to artwork from other Adobe platforms.
Publish in EPUB formats supported by Apple, Amazon, and Google.
It has a steeper learning curve than other platforms due to the lack of templates.
Pricing can be confusing. Plans vary depending on the Adobe apps included.
Pricing: You can subscribe to InDesign alone for $20.99 per month or the whole Creative Cloud for $54.99 per month. Educational and team pricing are also available.
Kotobee enables authors to create, edit, and publish interactive ebooks in any format. Organizations and educational institutions—including Harvard, Yale, and Toyota—use this digital platform worldwide.
Kotobee Author: Create and edit interactive ebooks with Kotobee Author
Imagery: Engage your readers with video, audio, interactive quizzes, and widgets.
Branding toolkit: Customize your ebook with your brand’s theme and logo.
You can export ebooks in over 12 formats, including those compatible with ereaders and mobile apps.
Preview your ebook on more than 20 different devices.
Access to over three million free images and videos.
Host your ebook on Kotobee cloud and collect payments via Paypal or Stripe.
Users must be connected to the internet.
Pricing: A Basic lifetime license for one user is $150. Premium is $300 for one user, and the Institutional license is $2,000 for 10 users.
Canva is a graphic design tool that empowers non-designers to create beautiful visuals. With thousands of templates, users can design content for any occasion.
Templates: Over 2,000 ebook templates to help you design your book cover and format your ebook to match your brand.
Imagery: Access to over 100 million high-quality stock photos, videos, audio, and graphics.
Drag and drop: Templates are customizable. Use the drag-and-drop tool in the editor to move icons and graphics around.
Simple to use. The Free plan includes access to over 250,000 free templates.
With the Brand Kit, you can easily customize every page to match your branding.
Share your ebook and track views, engagement, and shares on social media.
Can only download as a JPEG, PNG, or PDF.
Writing and editing the text inside the editor is possible, but it’s not user-friendly.
Pricing: A free plan is available. Canva Pro is $12.99 per month for one person. Canva for Teams is $14.99 per month (total) for the first 5 users.
FlipBuilder is a virtual design partner that helps authors and marketers create interactive ebooks and flipbooks from PDFs and Office files.
Templates: Customize your flipbook with built-in templates, themes, and scenes.
Multimedia editor: Add video, audio, links, images, and animation with the platform’s multimedia editor.
Reporting and analytics: Comprehensive reporting tools to track downloads and sales.
Publish in multiple formats, including HTML, EXE, APP, APK, and even WordPress plug-ins.
Convert PDFs into HTML5 flipbooks in seconds.
Make ebooks available online or offline.
Format ebooks for different screens, including smartphones and tablets.
Protect content with passwords.
Steeper learning curve than other software tools.
Cannot export content as an EPUB for ereaders.
Pricing: Paid plans start at $129 (one-time fee) for Flip PDF Plus, $399 for Flip PDF Plus Pro, and $699 for Flip PDF Plus Corporate. There is also a hosting add-on starting at $9.99 per month.
Designrr is a content repurposing tool and ebook creator. With Designrr, creators and marketers can transform blog posts and long-form content into ebooks and flipbooks.
Editor: Import long-form content from a URL, Word, or Google Docs. Or write content from scratch with the Draft Editor.
Templates: Access to over 100 project templates.
Branding and Imagery: Customize with copyright-free images, font styles, and background colors. The image editor helps crop, resize, or color your images.
Automated Table of Contents and page numbering.
Import posts and pictures from your Facebook profile.
Users can export ebooks as PDF, EPUB, HTML, or for Amazon Kindle.
It can be confusing to understand the different pricing plans and included features.
Fewer customization options available than on other platforms.
Pricing: Plans range from $29 per month for Standard to $99 per month for Business. An Agency Premium plan is also available for $239 per month. All plans have a 7-day free trial.
Create your next ebook with Jasper
Writing an ebook can be a time-consuming and overwhelming process. Software and tools streamline the writing, design, editing, and publishing process so you can create captivating content faster.
Today, over 50,000 companies use Jasper to create high-quality content faster. Our templates and recipes make it easy to start writing your ebook. And with access to live training, a resource hub, and a Facebook community, writers have a wealth of resources at their fingertips.
Sign up today to see how Jasper helps writers, marketers, and entrepreneurs across industries create and publish exceptional ebooks.
Meet The Author:
Marketing @ Jasper
Austin Distel is the Sr. Director of Marketing at Jasper, your AI creative assistant. He's also an Airbnb superhost in Austin, Texas. You can follow Austin's adventures around the internet and the world at distel.com.