Since we started our KDP journey we have run across a few free kdp tools amd resources that we want to share with you today. All of the tools we recommend have a free aspect of the program and a few have optional Pro upgrades.
Paying for anything is completely up to you and if you use our link we will get a small commission. (That is how we can afford to keep this free for you blog going!) However, you can absolutely get away with doing things for free for a long while.
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Free KDP Tools
This list is in no particular order.
1. Ilovepdf.com Free
2. Canva Free but has a Pro program
3. Inkscape Free
4. Creative Fabrica Free and Paid. Has an “All Access” Program.
5. Pixabey Free and Paid
6. AMZ Suggestion Expander Free
7. Self Publishing Titans Free
is the best PDF converter we have seen. They allow large files which is great for converting those large KDP templates. Anything regarding PDF’s can be taken care of with this FREE tool. Merge PDFs. Check. Convert PDFs in to other formats. Check. Compress PDFs. Check. And it does SO much more.
2. Canva: is one of the top designing platforms on the web right now. You can design just about anything you need with graphics. We can not stop raving about how awesome this platform is and you do so much with the free plan. We absolutely suggest upgrading if you plan on using it daily or even multiple times per week. You get so much more value and it is really not that expensive at $12.99 per month. It certainly adds up if you have multiple subscriptions to other things but by itself the price is astounding low. We use it to create pins, Instagram posts, KDP book covers and interiors. It can be used for posters, books, presentations, logos, marketing, print on demand (POD), and so much more. It can be used for both online or offline graphics!
3. Inkscape: We like to describe this program as Adobe Illustrators FREE cousin. It does not do everything that Adobe Illustrator does but at the price of FREE it does what we need it to do. Our favorite feature is it’s “Trace Bitmap” option which helps us to design coloring books. This feature alone is worth adobe’s high price but with Inkscape this is completely FREE. It does take a little time and a few training videos to use effectively but adding this skill is well worth the time. You download Inkscape to your computer.
4. Creative Fabrica: Omgoodness this site is our latest obsession. Graphics galore! This program has a freebies section that is well worth it for KDP books. Free layouts and designs. Depending on the product, these are fully editable and customizable graphics.
The cool part is you can download the files directly to Canva.
Note: You will need Canva Pro to be able to use and download the fonts and multiple files at once.
Now this program is a mostly paid site and you can buy products individually, but they have an “All Access” program that is beyond worth it, the best part is you can try it out right now for $1 dollar for the whole month. And just in case it was not clear with “All Access” that means you get to download anything on the site for that month. You can get a lot done in one month.
It is $19.99 a month after that. Not a bad price especially if you need access to all kinds of templates and graphics. And like we mentioned you can get lot done in those months!
If you do not need access to graphics then stick with the “Freebies” section. We won’t judge!
5. Pixabay.com: Another cool free graphics site. This website is mostly free photos, but there are a few vector graphics as well.
We do know that there is a paid part of this program but we have never felt the need to pay for anything…yet. That does not mean there won’t come a time to make a purchase, but in two years, across two websites, we have not needed to make a purchase with the free amount of photos available.
6. AMZ Suggestion Expander: This is a chrome browser extension that allows you to see all keywords associated with a search term on Amazon. That means that terms that people actually search for are shown to you all at once. No more guessing!
This is very important for your research on profitable keywords and therefore profitable books/products on Amazon.
7. Self Publishing Titans (SPT): This is another Chrome browser extension. It shows you the profitability of search terms on Amazon.
Caution: it sometimes takes awhile to populate the information. This is do to the fact that is searching through ALL the data on Amazon. While a great tool, it has frustrated us with its sometimes REALLY slow speeds. You need an abundance of patience with this tool.
Well that is it for now. We will update this page as more programs come across our laps.
Are there any tools you would like to see added to this list? Let us know in the comments below.
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