Design a Professional-Quality eBook Online with Canva

Make your next eBook a bestseller with a professional design that catches the eye.

How to create an ebook - Canva

Give every page of your eBook a professional edge

Just like in a bookstore, an online buyer will browse through multiple eBooks and will probably judge them by their covers, so for this reason you need to make a great first impression. When you create an eBook in Canva, you can rest-assured that you’ll have access to the most eye-catching and brilliant designs so that you have the best chance of standing out.

Readers might judge a book by its cover, but you’ll also want to make sure the design around what’s inside your eBook is completely up to scratch. Even if you feel more comfortable with words than design, Canva was created for design beginners. With an amazing library of templates and easy, drag-and-drop tools, you can create a professional looking eBook from front to back.

How to create an eBook

  1. Open Canva

    Launch Canva and type "Ebook" in the search bar to start.

  2. Search for a template

    Canva’s library of eBook templates includes layouts for every style and theme. You’ll be able to view the front, inside and back cover pages. Decide for yourself which pages to keep and which ones to toss or edit.

  3. Experiment with features

    Explore high-quality stock photos, images, illustrations, icons and other graphics. Try out different color schemes, backgrounds and font styles. Use the photo effects feature to apply filters and the collaboration tool to design with others.

  4. Keep customizing

    Make your eBook uniquely yours. Upload your own photos and images, add your own personal branding elements or mix and match elements from different templates. Use the drag and drop tool to move icons and graphics around.

  5. Publish and share

    Download and save your eBook cover as a JPG or PNG. Upload and share your design online in a few clicks.

Open a New eBook Design

Choose from a stunning array of layouts and elements to suit your eBook’s theme

Whether your eBook is for a work project or for your personal literary work of art, Canva has a template to suit your needs. The best part is, there’s no need to hire a graphic designer or pay for expensive and complicated software to get your eBook out there for the world to see.

You see, even if you have zero design experience, you’ll be able to create a professional looking eBook that hits all the right notes with Canva. Each multi-page layout provides visual default elements, colors and fonts, so that you always start off on the right foot. And if you want to change any colors or elements to make your eBook feel more like ‘you’ then you can! It’s easy.

Make an impact with images, illustrations and icons

From your eBook cover to your very back page, let’s face it, every page counts. That’s why you’ll want to make sure that every inch of your eBook is cohesive, sleek and visually engaging. Whether it’s an icon, vector or pull-quote, there’s so much versatility with Canva.

If your eBook needs to adhere to a certain brand palette just enter the hex code of the colors you need to use to customize design elements. If it’s images that you need then you can choose from an enormous library of professional stock photos. And if you fancy yourself a bit of an illustrator, you can even upload your own drawings to give your eBook that artistic and personal touch. Best of all, uploading and using your own images is completely free!

Work with a team and design anywhere

Every design created in Canva is saved ‘in the cloud’ making it super simple for users to work with a team. So if your eBook is a collaborative affair, you can give your team either editing or viewing access. All you need to do is hit the ‘share’ button and send them a link to either edit or view by ticking a checkbox.

The other great part is that you can sign in at any time to access your designs across a range of devices including your computer, iPad, iPhone, and Android devices making it super simple to work on the go.


E-books do not have fixed page numbers the way print books do. The size of the font or screen may change depending on your device and settings, which means the number you see on the pages of your e-reader may change too.

The standard word count for your e-book depends on your genre. For a novel, aim for 50,000-110,000 words. For a novella, 20,000-50,000 is standard. Short stories are usually around 1,000-7,500 words. A young adult novel should be around 70,000-90,000 words. The average non-fiction e-book is around 10,000 words.

You’ll get to choose between two different layouts for your e-book: reflowable or fixed. A reflowable layout means you get responsive text and images, which is great for mobile since it adapts to screen size. A fixed layout “locks” your content in place like a PDF and allows for interactive elements.

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