Design & Production


This section of the toolkit focuses on software, licensing, publishing services, and publishing resources. Such resources serve to create a final document ready for publishing in various formats.



Adobe InDesign CC  [$]
The industry-leading page design and layout toolset is accessible across desktop and mobile devices to create, preflight and publish everything from printed books and brochures to digital magazines, iPad apps, eBooks and interactive online documents.

calibre ebook management
calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books.

iBooks Author [Mac OS required]
Available free on the Mac App Store, iBooks Author is an amazing app that allows anyone to create beautiful iBooks Textbooks — and just about any other kind of book — for iPad and Mac.

Scrivener [$]
Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents.

Desktop publishing made easy with the PagePlus Starter Edition.


The Book Designer: Copyright Disclaimers and Credits
Provides information on copyright disclaimers and giving credit where credit is due.

The Book Designer: Copyright Page Samples
This site provides examples of pages that you may copy and paste into your book or eBook.

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
The Official site for registering your work for a copyright in Canada.

U.S. Copyright Office
The Office’s registration system and the companion recordation system constitute the world’s largest database of copyrighted works and copyright ownership information.

Publishing Services

CreateSpace provides free tools to help you self-publish and distribute your books, DVDs, CDs, and video downloads on-demand on

Espresso Book Machine
This site provides a list of locations where all Espresso Book Machines exist. Those interested in printing will need to contact the host organization for policies and prices.

Sell music, comics, software, books, and films directly to your audience. Gumroad provides an all-in-one solution to sell your work and grow your audience.

iBooks Store via iTunes
The iBooks Store features 2.5 million books and counting. Browse, sample, buy, and always have a good book close at hand. After creating an iBook via iBooks Author, authors may list their book for sale in the iBooks Store via iTunes.

Since introducing self-publishing in 2002, has empowered creators in more than 225 countries and territories to produce nearly two million publications. This marketplace offers you the expertise, independence and flexibility to create, buy and share what you love with the world.

NOOK Press
NOOK Press by Barnes & Noble is an online, self-publishing portal where independent publishers and authors can find everything they need to publish their eBooks directly to the NOOK Bookstores.

North Carolina State University Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center
An example of how copyright services can be incorporated into library services, including resources on understanding copyright for authors.

Publishing Resources

Writer’s Digest
Writer’s Digest is the No. 1 Resource for Writers, Celebrating the Writing Life and What it Means to be a Writer in Today’s Publishing Environment.

Writer’s Market [$ fee for subscription]
While the online version is a paid-for subscription, most libraries purchase the print edition and make it available at no cost to their patrons. is the online version of Writer’s Market, also known as the “writer’s bible” for getting published and paid for writing. Offers thousands of publishing opportunities, including listings for book publishers, magazines, literary agents, writing contests & awards, conferences and more in annual book editions.