Have you ever wanted to learn how to create and publish an ebook for free?
Have you been searching for best ebook publishing platforms or have you at least been
wondering where you can find an ebook self-publishing guide?
When I was writing this blog post, I only wrote the first paragraph and stopped, because I
just thought that It would be a great idea if I created the ebook too. By so doing I wanted to
lead by the real proven example.
I created a Report (mini-ebook) in Self-development titled “Positive Habits” using self-
help articles, the ebook which is currently available for free. But you need to hurry and
download this Report now while it’s still free. I don’t know when
this deal is going to be pulled down but I know it’s not going to
last forever click here to download
It comes with Master Resale Rights and you can start selling or giving it away for free.
I recommend you get this mini-ebook before you go through this post. It’ll translate every
step we talk about here into a clear example like when you were following an over-the-
shoulder video tutorial giving you even a deeper understanding as a consequence.
There’s a huge amount of information on the internet today about creating and formatting
an ebook, but much of it will tell a lot about these shiny paid tools that come with fill in the
They’re time-saving and producing great results, I recommend using these tools if you
have a budget to spend on ebook creation as they make the job a whole lot easier.
You can instantly create a beautiful and professional ebook without design skills using
these paid tools. But what if you don’t have a budget for the paid tools or at least to hire a
In this blog post, I will be sharing with you the simplest steps to creating and publishing
an ebook using free tools and platforms.
You can have your own empire of digital or physical products, particularly information
products if you follow this detailed step by step guide.
If writing and editing are in your passion but don’t know where to start, this blog post will
show you the tricks to getting things done faster and smarter than you had imagined.
I will also show you the easiest ways to publish an ebook online for free with or without a website.
It has just come to my attention that many people don’t realize that anyone can create an
ebook, and have their own work published on many digital platforms that we are going to
talk about here today.
Here’s what you are going to learn from this post:
- How to find a niche to create products on
- Easy ways to create an ebook
- How to self-publish an ebook
- Simple Ways to Rewrite Plr Articles
- How to Format your eBook Using Free Tools
- eBook Publishing Sites
- 1 Best Place to Publish Your eBook
But before we even get begun,
eBooks are part of the new frontier of cyberspace. They are an entirely new medium for
sharing marketing information, ideas, techniques, and expert knowledge.
Having said that, let’s look at what makes ebooks so important and so unique.
- eBooks have certain abilities and qualities that other mediums do not possess.
- eBooks are fairly easy to produce, and their production cost is inexpensive.
Just think about it: you don’t need a publisher, an agent, a printing press, offset film, ink,
paper, or even a distributor. You just need a great concept, the ability to write and edit.
- They are easily and rapidly distributed online.
They are also easily updated; they do not require a second print run. All you need is to go
into your original creation and modify the text or graphics. Because of this flexibility,
ebooks can change and grow as fast as you can type.
- eBooks are also immediately obtainable.
You don’t have to go to a bookstore or search through endless titles at an online bookstore.
All you have to do is download it from a website, and booom! It’s on your computer or
smartphone, ready to be read.
- Another wonderful advantage is that ebooks have no barriers in terms of publishing.
You don’t need to go through the endless process of submitting your manuscript over and
over again, and then once you land an agent, having the agent submit your manuscript
over and over again. Nor do you have to shell out thousands of dollars for printing a self-
As you can see, creating an ebook has so many advantages over other kinds of media. I like them for the fact that ebooks can be easily edited and updated should the need arises to do so. As compared to audio or video, the existing content will need to be re-recorded in order to be successfully updated.
Now let’s get started…..before it’s too late!
The first thing you’ll need to do is to find a niche. A Niche is simply a market segment
with a common problem and more precisely, a group of people having the same problem.
If you have some kind of expertise on a particular subject and can enjoy writing about, You
definitely can create an ebook on that subject solving the problems that people may have.
It all starts with keyword research prior to creating a product so you’ll get to find out what
information people need or what problems do they have that need to be solved
There are thousands and thousands of evergreen niches you can tap into and then narrow
it down to a smaller simple and specific problem-solving niche.
Find out about the most profitable niches in this blog post
Once you figure this out, you are on a good way to go…...but how?
I’m going to reveal to you a simple method used by top product creators to deliver
products or ebooks that people want to buy. I mean products in the evergreen niches that
keep selling and selling without them lifting a finger.
People buy it because it meets their pains, it solves their problems. So how do you find out
what people like or want to buy? Find out below-
How to Find a Niche to Create an eBook on
If you’re only starting out and have no idea what niche to jump into, use the following methods to decide a niche.
The first thing you need to do is to look into yourself and find out what you’re passionate
about, what you’re good at, what skills do you have that you can use to solve other people’s
healthy eating just anything that you know you’re good at or just passionate about and can
enjoy writing about it.
For instance, if you have knowledge on web design and can help others fix their blogs or
websites, you can create an ebook around the problems that you find people having about
their sites and actually sell it as an information product to help them build or enhance
their design skills.
PayDotCom etc. These places will show exactly the top performing products in a given
time, for example, you will be shown the top selling products for the past 3 or 6 months or
All this data will tell you more about what people buy or what they like to buy.
These places will give you enough information about what people are talking about and
what problems do they have and you can create your product based on solving those
Find out what people are asking and write all these questions down you are going to
answer many of them later via blog posts, podcasts, videos or audios to bring traffic to
your paid products like the ebook that we are creating on this blog post.
Now that we have chosen what niche we are going to write an ebook on, it is time to go
find some articles that we are going to use.
For the purpose of this lesson, we are going to make a short ebook/report in the Self-help
niche. Self-help includes self-improvement, motivation, stress and the list goes on. This
keyword “Self-help” receives a huge amount of monthly searches on Google in every part
of the world.
So, I will go to this site and get a Pack of self-help plr articles.
As you can see, there are at least 20 Plr articles
contained in this bundle and I’m going to pull out only 5 articles from the bundle for use in our report or mini-ebook.
Here’s a short list of some of the titles in this Self-help plr articles pack –
- Be Happy
- What Innovation Can Do to Your Life
- Build Your Self Esteem, Guide to Self Improvement
- Why Coaching is the Way to Go in Team Management
- Dream Your Life
- The Powers of a Positive Attitude
- Life is About Choices and the Decisions We Make
- Unleash Your Creative Thinking
- Unlock Your Self Improvement Power
- Why is it Important to Improve Yourself
- Motivation, The Heart of Self Improvement
The list goes on up to 20 as mentioned before but for this lesson, we are going to use 5 articles from the bundle.
These are the titles of the articles I selected-
- Motivation, The heart of self-improvement
- The powers of positive attitude
- Life is about the choices and the decisions we make
- Unlock your self-improvement power
- Why is it important to improve yourself?
Now that I have found the articles that I am going to use to create an ebook, the next step now is to edit the articles to make them unique. Everyone and their grandma are using these articles since all are plr articles so it makes sense to edit all of them before use.
Firstly, I will copy all the 5 articles to a new word document so I won’t edit the original content of the articles and editing the way it fits having my audience in mind.
How to Rewrite Plr Articles?
There 3 ways that you can use to edit or rewrite any Plr article that you want to use which are as follows:
- You can rewrite an article completely
- You can change the first and the last sentence of every paragraph of an article
- You can add introduction and conclusion to enhance the content (beginning and end of an article)
That way you will have added your final touch and make it unique. Now, let’s get into the real job, creating the product which is an ebook for this purpose.
But for this course, I’m going to use a free windows tool called Microsoft Word that came with my computer.
An ebook can also be created in powerpoint, also free on your computer but I’m not going to use it for this purpose today.
Okay, we assume that all of my articles are edited and ready, all I can do now is to shoot my Windows Microsoft Word program and start copying and pasting my selected articles into the word document.
Please Note: I will not go into details about how to use Microsoft Word, it is not in the scope for this post.
This is how the articles will look like together with the extra pages for longer articles
I added relevant images to the articles to enhance, beautify and make it a quality ebook (figure 1.1 and 1.2). I use Pixabay to find high-quality images for most of my projects.
Public Domain material can be used to create your own products to sell online and offline.
Read this blog post to get a sneak peek of what public domain material is and how to find and use it for 100% own profits.
I also went an extra mile and added some text boxes into the document, inside the text boxes I put the important phrases from each article.
I also added some motivational quotes from knowledgeable people in this world to add more weight to the content of my mini ebook or report. (figure 1.1 and 1.2)
I also dedicated a whole page to text boxes that display motivational phrases taken from somewhere else outside of this document.
I also included an image of a beautiful positive thinking and motivated woman who tells her story. (I like her… 😆 )
I have put my text boxes vertically and horizontally and the image between the vertical boxes as can be seen in figure 1.3.
Creating and formatting an ebook is really not hard in Microsoft word or whatever free version that comes with your PC. The trick here is to get as creative as humanly possible.
Only if you do it time and time and again you will get the hang of it and become better with time. As been said above, you can always use sites like Canva, Beacon to create good-looking ebooks and ebook covers without design skills using their ready-made templates. But the hardship may be at learning how to use the tool itself.
I went on and created and added a clickable table of contents, introduction and an ebook cover into the first 3 pages of my document. (figure 1.4)
I created my eCover on Pixel Studio which is a paid program. I used an image I downloaded from Pixabay, a royalty-free image.
As I already said before, you will find royalty free images, audios or videos in the public domain site like Pixabay and a lot more of other public domain sites. Follow the link below to find more other public domain sites.
You also have full rights to use for commercial 0r simply use it to create your own Information Products as Plr Products to sell online or offline.
In the last pages of the document, I also included a conclusion and related products. These products images include links that go directly to the sales pages of the actual products in my Plr Store so I will get an opportunity to make sales whenever someone having my free ebook clicks on these links and finally make a purchase.
For me, this is how I will monetize this ebook since I’m going to give it away for free to build my email list.
I would sell it if I wanted to but I encourage you to create and sell yours as per the aim of this blog post.
Please note, I never took the time to edit the articles much but instead I added more content to them so to make them a bit unique or at least to a unique product. You can edit your articles before use as already shown above.
Here’s a summary of what I actually added to the content of this ebook:
- eBook Cover
- Text Boxes
- Table of Contents
- Links to Related Paid Products
- Highlighted the important phrases in each article
That’s it, this is how my pages look in the word document as can be seen in figure 1.6, the total number of my ebook pages is 32, good enough to make the total length of this ebook.
Once your ebook is completed, click save as then choose PDF so your final ebook is in pdf format and cannot be edited or changed.
I hope this will help you create your own information products in no time using plr articles.
Now that the ebook is finished and ready, the next step is to publish it. We are going to cover that in a moment.
How to Publish an eBook for Free
There’s quite a number of ways you can use to publish and distribute your ebook today. Many ebook publishing sites will only need you to sign up for a free account and start uploading your work simple as that
You will only pay them later after every successful sale made from your ebook, it doesn’t get better than that, does it?
You have every reason to start creating and publishing your own ebooks today nothing’s holding back. Knowing that you can create an ebook using articles, free tools, and free publishing platforms now, we take a look at the best sites to publish an ebook for free.
After signing up for a free account from any of these sites, you can start uploading and promoting your ebook.
eBook Publishing sites
Amazon – This is one of the best. As already known that Amazon is the Giant when it comes to eCommerce. Sign up for a free account which takes minutes to complete and start selling your ebook. No upfront fee for uploading.
You can even sell your ebooks as physical products or digital as Kindle ebooks. When customers need a hard copy, Amazon in partnership with Createspace will handle all the hard work of printing a hard copy of your ebook for you, then send it to the delivery address specified by the customers.
Please Note: You never lift a finger on your part, but they do everything for you. After a successful sale, they deduct a certain percentage usually 5%, then the rest belongs to the Author, you in this instance.
Whether you’re an author, designer, YouTuber, blogger, poet, knitter, painter, musician, podcaster, consultant, Payhip is here to help you make a living doing what you love.
Started back in 2011, Payhip is an e-commerce platform that enables anyone to sell digital products or memberships directly to their fans and followers.
Their mission is to make it incredibly simple for you to create and run a professional online business.
Selz requires no programming skills, as they handle all aspects of selling and getting paid. It only takes moments to set up.
They are constantly adding new features to help entrepreneurs succeed online.
Lulu empowers people of all ages to explore and express their interests, passions, and expertise through books, photography, and art according to their said words.
Apart from selling digital books, this platform also allows you to sell print on demand hard copies of your ebook.
Sign up for free and start exploring the world of self-publishing with Lulu. They have been around for quite some time now.
This platform is one of the world’s largest distributor of indie ebooks. Smashwords makes it fast, free and easy for any author or publisher to publish and distribute ebooks to the major retailers and thousands of libraries.
You should really give this platform a big try.
Createspace is officially owned by the world’s giant Amazon. Through their service, you can sell books, CDs, and DVDs for a fraction of the cost of traditional manufacturing.
Your customers order straight from the site and Createspace will manufacture the product and send it to your customers without you taking part or lifting any of your fingers.
You own all your rights, set your prices, and run your own promotions. They don’t require exclusivity, so you’re free to publish elsewhere, too.
This platform is huge in terms of publishing, through Kobo’s strategic partnerships, your eBook will be available around the world in the online bookstores of leading retailers in over 190 countries.
Give this platform a try too.
Their message is simple: Create an account and upload your book in as little as 20 minutes, and see it on BN.com within 72 hours of publishing.
You can publish your ebook as well as hardcopy.