Free InDesign Book Templates
Instead of using Microsoft Word for your book interior layout, you can use Adobe InDesign and get templates from places like:
But most authors already have Word and don’t own or know how to use InDesign. Professional book designers usually prefer using InDesign when they are working with lots of images and tables, but it has a higher learning curve and costs a lot more.
If your book doesn’t have many images, I recommend sticking with Word. I use it for almost all my clients’ books.
Buy a Book Template
For those who’d rather purchase a template, a really great resource is Book Design Templates. I’ve used them myself for a number of books, and they turn out a lovely end product.
Hire an Interior Book Designer
If you still can’t find something that works for your book project, look on some of the freelancer sites like Fiverr or Upwork or Freelancer. and hire someone else to do it for you. I’ve used Fiverr a few times when I’m feeling harried, and if you pay for the source file as well, you can fine-tune anything they miss.
Create Your Own Book Template
For Those More Used to the Coding End of Things
By default, when you first install Word, it will include a template called normal.dotm which is located in your user directory in the following directory
- On the PC – \AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates
- On a Mac – Input /Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office/User Templates/
If you want to make changes to a normal.dotm file, save it under a new filename first so you can always go back to the normal.dotm file for your regular Word processing needs.
Whether editing the normal template, creating your own template, or installing one you have downloaded, keep them in that same folder along with the normal.dotm file.
Can’t Find Your Book Template on Your Computer?
If you downloaded a free template ages ago and can’t find it, search for these file formats for Word templates:
- .dot (For MS Word 97 – 2003)
- .dotx (For MS Word after 2003)
- .dotm (Same as .dotx but supports macros – automatic actions in the doc)
As I’ve said earlier, I highly recommend buying a template from bookdesigntemplates.com. It’ll set you back about $50 and it comes in all the general trim sizes in either Word or InDesign (and I don’t get any affiliate fee for recommending them). This is what I started using in my early days of working with templates.
These days I create my own. I enjoy customizing each one for clients, and I’m so used to working with Word now that I can whip one together pretty quickly.
If you’d like me to typeset your interior for you, read more here. Whether you end up doing it yourself or hiring me, I hope the end result is amazing.