Free book design templates

I’m a huge supporter of indie authors (and writers in general!) so I thought I’d share some book design templates which anyone can use to format/layout their books for printing. There’s only three available at the moment — The Hannah, The Noli and Jane — but I’ll post more soon.

Jane v.2 (Updated 7 November 2015)
The Hannah 3.0 (Updated 2 February 2015)
The Noli v.3 (Updated 8 November 2015)

Please note that these templates will only have the basics, like the title page, half title, copyright page, etc. If you’d like templates that include other kinds of pages such as opening pages for chapters or parts, appendices, chronologies, and the like, OR if you’d like to hire me to make an exclusive layout for your book, please drop me a note letting me know what you need, and I’ll send you a quote. I also do book cover designs.

(My premium book templates are available for purchase here. These templates have more than just the basic pages so you can do more with your book.)

If you’re an indie author and would like a lot more help in getting your books to print (or are just looking for a good print-on-demand service) and/or getting digital distribution for your books (like getting them on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Kobo, among others), my company is awesome at that.

In the meantime, feel free to use the templates here. They’re free to take, use (commercially and non-commercially), share, and modify, so long as you attribute them to me. (I won’t need credit if you use the templates for your books, only if you create derivative templates from mine or share the templates as is.) For more more information on the license, here’s the long version and the short version.

Jane v.4

Jane 2.0 - Free - Title

This template is named after the author Jane Austen. The text used in this template is from Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice. It is used merely as a placeholder in this template.

This template contains the following pages:

  1. Excerpt
  2. Info on author’s other works
  3. Copyright page
  4. Title page
  5. Half-title page
  6. Dedication page
  7. Table of contents
  8. Chapters (with running heads and automatic page numbers)
  9. Acknowledgement page
  10. Author info page

What’s new in Jane v.4:

  • Bugs fixed.
  • No textboxes.
  • .docx file only for the Word version.
  • Font size changed. (I noticed the previous font sizes were too big.)
  • Margins changed.
  • Some fonts replaced.
  • Page size is 6″x9″.

Version: 04
Release date: 07 November 2015
Word processing application: Microsoft Word
License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
Suggested uses: Period romance novels, romance/fantasy novels
Size: 6″x9″
Fonts used:


Download template file [GUMROAD]

The Hannah 3.0

The Hannah - Version 03 - Print Book Design Template (Pages for Mac and Microsoft Word) - FREE

This template is named after the lead character of the Interim Goddess of Love books written by Mina V. Esguerra. The text used in this template is from the second book of the series, titled Queen of the Clueless. It is used merely as a placeholder in this template, and may not be sold, shared or used without written permission from the author.

What’s new in The Hannah 3.0:

  • Bugs fixed.
  • No textboxes.
  • .doc file only for the Word version.
  • Font size changed. (I noticed the previous font sizes were too big.)
  • Margins changed.
  • Page size is now 5″x8″.

Version: 03
Release date: 2 February 2015
Word processing application: Pages for Mac / Microsoft Word
License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
Suggested uses: Contemporary romance novels
Size: 5″x8″
Fonts used:

Download Pages for Mac preview (PDF)
Download MS Word preview (PDF)
Download template zip file (Pages for Mac) [unzip password: apocalypse nowish]
Download template zip file (Microsoft Word) [unzip password: apocalypse nowish]

The Noli

The Noli - Version 04 - Print Book Design Template (Pages for Mac)

This template is named after the novel “Noli Me Tangere”, a Filipino classic by Dr. Jose P. Rizal.

Version: 03
Release date: 8 November 2015
Word processing application: Microsoft Word
License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
Suggested uses: Literary fiction, period fiction novels
Size: 5.5″x8.5″
Fonts used:

Download preview (PDF)
Download file (Microsoft Word) [GUMROAD]

More templates soon!

(For my next template project, I’m thinking of something for an urban fantasy book. Thoughts? Let me know what you think.)

Let me know what you think!