New Today: Book Templates for Adobe InDesign

by | Nov 24, 2014

I’ve been waiting a long time for today.

It was back in 2010 when I first started thinking about providing do-it-yourself authors with the tools to produce professional quality books on their own, using professional quality tools.

But life never works out the way you think it’s going to, does it? Despite lots of discussion, plans, and a lot of work, nothing happened for years.

It wasn’t until 2013 when I connected with my associate Tracy Atkins that we were able to change the self-publishing world with the launch of our BookDesignTemplates site. But the revolution that we began was based around templates for Microsoft Word.

And hey, that’s pretty amazing in itself. Over the last 21 months thousands of authors have used our Word templates to do their own formatting, at a fraction of the price it would cost to hire a typesetter.

Every month we get contacted by authors who are just thrilled at the ease with which they can now create industry-standard print and ebooks without having to take a college level course in book design and construction.

That’s a win in my book.

Now for the Other Shoe—Adobe InDesign Templates

But even with all the great feedback, and the expansion of our brand into lots of other templates and a growing number of tools for authors, I was still waiting to realize my original dream.

Providing authors with templates that would produce truly good-looking books, ones that would stand up to the books produced by trade publishers, yet require no great experience in typesetting, typographic design, or page construction.

Today we change that with our first selection of templates for Adobe InDesign.

Here’s a link to our new InDesign Gallery: See the InDesign Templates

What you’ll see there are six fiction-oriented designs that are similar to our first six templates for Word.

  • Balance—a clean, uncluttered look for your contemporary novel or literary nonfiction.
  • Bomber—assertive display typography combines with smooth and readable text to make sure your readers enjoy every page of your page-turner
  • Crimson—classic elegance that can turn even a long manuscript into an intimate reading experience
  • Flourish—a balanced look with colorful and distinctive typography
  • Legend—evokes the feelings you stir in your readers, with an elegant script display front and a traditional page layout
  • Premise—brings a balanced and rational tone to your most dramatic stories

In this first group of templates we’ve intentionally kept things simple, leaving many of InDesign’s complex features out in favor of your ease of use.

Although these are intended for fiction, they can be used just as effectively for nonfiction books like essays, memoirs, biographies, and any other manuscript with minimal formatting requirements. In the coming months we’ll be converting the rest of our templates—including our nonfiction, children’s, and illustrated books to InDesign files as well.

A New Era for Adobe Software

One of the recent developments that made this possible is the new way Adobe is selling a lot of their software through their Creative Cloud distribution.

By moving to a subscription model, they’ve opened their outstanding (but pretty expensive) software to a much wider audience.

So to use our InDesign templates, and get all the advantages of this program’s advanced typography, you no longer have to invest hundreds of dollars in the software. You can now get it for as little as $19.95 a month.

A Complete Solution

Keep in mind that these are not “bare-bones” wire-frame templates like the ones you get from various self-publishing companies.

With each template you download, you’ll get:

  • Our hand-crafted template file for use with Adobe InDesign, for both PC and Macintosh versions of InDesign
  • Master pages for your title, copyright, chapter opening, and text pages
  • Paragraph styles for all typographic elements like body text, chapter number, chapter title, and more
  • Available in the most popular book sizes
  • Layouts that conform to standard book industry trade practices
  • All fonts needed and which you see in the sample layouts, all completely legal
  • A PDF example of the template design so you know how it should look
  • Access to our Template Formatting Guide to get you up to speed fast
  • The confidence to know that your book will be formatted correctly
  • Our 100% satisfaction guarantee so you can try it out for 30 days, risk free
  • Files that are fully compatible with Adobe InDesign CS5, CS6, and CC (Creative Cloud)

I’m really excited to share this with you today, and to realize a longstanding dream of mine. I hope these templates allow even more authors like you to create the books you’ve always wanted to share with the world.

Sale Notice: To celebrate the launch of our new Adobe InDesign Book Templates, all 6 of them will be on sale at 40% off for this week only. Sale ends Friday night at midnight est, and no coupon is required, the price will automatically adjust when you “add to cart.”

If you have any questions, let me know in the comments.

tbd advanced publishing starter kit


  1. Anon

    Problem with your site “Error establishing a database connection” when clicking some of the links in the “” page in the body.

    • Shelley Sturgeon


      Thanks for letting us know but the link seems to be working fine for us. Perhaps it was a temporary glitch or an issue on your end?


  2. walter

    Nice Templates and well packaged. But I am looking for a book template that will have articles photos and graphics. Anything to recommend for us?

    • Joel Friedlander

      Walter, all our templates will accept photos and most have sample photos with captions already included. Articles can simply be treated as chapters, styles for which are also included, so you should be fine. The templates are also 100% guaranteed, and if you need any more assistance please contact [email protected]

  3. Dave Olden

    Hi Joel :)
    These templates have my curiosity piqued. Do they use Adobe Typekit fonts?

    • Tracy Atkins

      Hey Dave!

      We actually include all of the fonts that are used in the templates. However, you can substitute your favorite font from Typekit if you like.


      • Dave Olden

        Thanks for the reply so early, Tracy! Hope i didn’t get in the way of you first coffee:)
        Good to know the fonts are included.

    • Joel Friedlander

      Dave, no they don’t. We’ve only used fonts that are licensed for distribution with commercial products.

      • Dave Olden

        Thanks for the clarification, Joel.
        I’m new to InDesign, and I’m still learning Typekit.
        So: I’d have a choice to either use fonts bundled with a template, or I could substitute from my Typekit folder, with commercial application all around… (?)

  4. Susan Holmes

    I use InDesign now for formatting book interiors and appreciate the attention to detail reflected in your templates.

    I thought text appearance was subject to change depending on the ereader. Is there some special “trick” we need to know to keep the drop caps in our Kindle (etc.) editions?

    • Tracy Atkins

      Using the templates, the Drop caps export perfectly to ePub, and the ePub file can be uploaded directly to KDP, which also preserves the caps too. It is very easy to do.

  5. Christine

    Are these customizable at all? (For example, if we wanted to change the chapter headings to a different font than what’s in the template.)

    • Tracy Atkins

      Hello Christine!

      Yes, they are customizable. We do not lock down any features in the template, so you have total freedom to make changes to suite your book project’s needs.

  6. Jenni

    I love these! I just made the switch from Word to InDesign and getting a quality ePub file is taking way more time than I expected. I do have a quick question–are the templates designed to be exported as ePub 2 or ePub3 (or does it matter)? I’ve had lots of trouble getting images in ePub3 files to display correctly in ADE. I’d love to know which ePub format you recommend and which devices you tested that format in, just to ease this newbie’s mind.

    • Tracy Atkins

      ePub 2 works really well for most novels. The ePub 3 format is great if you want to link rich content like audio and video, since it used HTML5. But for the most part, 2 is perfect for typical books and converts easily enough.

      The templates are ePub version agnostic and can be used to create either version, though InDesign’s export functions.

  7. Denise Gaskins

    So cool! I’ve been waiting for these. Though I’ve been teaching myself InDesign while I wait, so I’m not sure I need them any more…

  8. Danielle

    Joel (or anyone),

    Can InDesign create chapter hyperlinks for the ebook?

    • Tracy Atkins

      Hello Danielle,

      It does. We include instructions on generating the TOC that is clickable when the book exported to ePub.

  9. Julie

    Any plans to do a cookbook template or InDesign?

    • Tracy Atkins

      Absolutely Julie.

      We have a lot of design freedom with InDesign and we can create specialty templates with it that can be very useful, like Cookbooks.

  10. martha hart

    Good to know, as I work every day in InDesign on books with text and images. Looking forward to the non-fiction templates… will see if I can combine the narrative portions within my own size/layout setups. Thanks!

    • Tracy Atkins

      Thanks Martha!

      We should have those non-fiction designs out there before too long.

  11. Keith

    I already have and use word. No experience with InDesign. That being the case, what would be the advantage of using InDesign?

    • Tracy Atkins

      Hey Keith!

      The Word templates make great looking books, and are designed to use Word, which most people already have. The InDesign templates are a step up as InDesign is a professional grade desktop publishing application that allows for finer control of the typographical settings, layout, and precision.

      InDesign is simpler to use once you get the few basic steps down. Formatting for the pages are controlled by Master Pages, which is a big advantage. For example, to make a chapter opener page look like it should, without a running head, and with the text aligned where it needs to by, you simply click on the page in the page browser and apply the master page for “Chapter Open” to the page. It automatically makes the page master correctly. Same with body pages, title pages, etc.

      Placing text in the template is a lot easier, since you importing your whole manuscript into the template in one shot, instead of using copy/paste. The styles work in a similar fashion as Word, but are even easier to apply and have much better typographical control. Another big bonus is the hyphenation engine works better than Word’s so there are fewer cleanups too. Overall, you can produce a really high quality book, top notch really. And, the export to PDF and ePub can be from the same file too, which will save you a lot of time.

      We include a step-by-step instruction guide for the templates that very much to the point for putting your book into the template. So if you haven’t used InDesign before, it is a great way to get your feet wet with it, and format your novel without a ton of fuss.

      • Danielle

        This is fantastic! I love that we won’t have to copy/paste it.

  12. Steve

    When will the nonfiction or self help templates be out?

    • Tracy Atkins

      Hey Steve,

      They are next on the list to be developed. I can’t give you an exact date, but it it shouldn’t be more than a month or two away.



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