Book Mockup: Free and Paid Ways to Show Off Your Book

A book mockup is a way in which authors can turn their book cover file into a professionally-created 3D rendition of the book and or place it in a professional advertisement.

In short, mockups are a book marketer's best friend.

Boy, he must have paid a fortune to get that model to read his book…

In the past, most authors believed you needed to either be a professional photographer or have high-end expensive software to create images like these.

However, in this article I’ll not only show you how to create book mockups without a photography degree or pricey software, I’ll even list websites where you can get book mockups for free.

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With a free or inexpensive book mockup, you can easily turn something blase into oh yay!

In this article, you will learn:

  • My proven method of creating a mockup for cheap
  • How to find book mockups for FREE
  • Whether you should create video book mockups

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List of Free Book Mockups

Here is a list of free book mockups that you can click, download, and use right away with your book cover image.

By clicking the link, you can download each of the free book mockups shown above. If you’d like to learn how you can turn that download into a mockup of your book, scroll down to my instructions below in the section called “How to Create a Book Mockup Yourself.”

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Also, here are some websites that do a great job of presenting even more mockups:

More Book Mockup Sites

WebsitePriceSoftware Required
Behance.netFreeYes - Adobe
Shapingrain.comFreeYes - Adobe
Zippypixels.comVaries Per ImageYes - Adobe
Originalmockups.comVaries Per ImageYes - Adobe
Webdesigndev.comFreeYes - Adobe
Mediamodifier.comVaries Per ImageNo
Fiverr.comVaries Per ImageNo$8Yes
Placeit.netVaries Per ImageNo

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Paid Book Mockup Services

While the free versions of a book mockup might be all you need, there are some high-end hardcover or 3D book mockups that you should check out as well. More specifically, some of these sites show better advertisement mockups:

Paid Mockup Services

WebsitePriceSoftware Required$14.95/monthNo$29/monthYes - Adobe$29/monthYes - Adobe
Creativemarket.comVaries per imageYes - Adobe$10/monthYes - Adobe

How to Create a Book Mockup Yourself

There are 3 ways you can create a book mockup:

  1. Download a book mockup PSD file and use Photoshop to insert your book cover into the mockup PSD (Photoshop costs $10/month)
  2. Use a paid book mockup service like Placeit where you can drag and drop your book cover into the mockup (~$8 for one or $29/month for unlimited)
  3. Send the downloaded book mockup file and your book cover to someone on Fiverr, who will use their Photoshop to create it for you (~$5)

Update: A 4th option if you only need one book mockup that is free and does not require software is a section below, but it's not covered in the video yet.

To see each of these in action, check out the video below:

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If you decide to publish a hardcover version of your book, you definitely want to make a book mockup for that as a hardcover book gives customers more perceived value. Plus, a mockup can be a way for you to showcase all the different versions customers can get of your book.

Use a Book Mockup Generator

A fourth way you can create a mockup for a book is to use this book mockup generator. Within seconds you'll have an incredible mockup for free, no fancy software required.

You can choose one of the following templates for your book mockup:

adazing book mockup generator templates

To get one of these book mockups, all you need is:

  • Your name
  • Your email
  • Cover image of your book

You can choose just one for free, or after you create your free one you'll have the option of buying a pack of 28 more mockups with your same book cover image at a really affordable price.

Example Book Mockups – Amazing Images You Can Create

A book mockup can really make your book look super professional.

But you don’t just have to do physical books.  You can create mockups on Kindles, iPhones, desktops, pamphlets, for audiobooks, etc.

If you’re creating a course or software, you can create a mockup for that as well.

There are so many options, and many of the book mockups are free or super cheap.

Now, Start Creating Your 3D Book Mockup

As you can see, book mockups are super professional looking and can be great for putting on your website, social media, or even in an email.

And creating them is super easy too. You can just download a free book mockup or use a service for less than ten bucks.

Once you have a mockup, you have the ability to change it to make it perfectly fit your author brand if you'd like.

It’s that simple.

So, get going to start turning your 2D book covers into stellar 3D book mockups.


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36 thoughts on “Book Mockup: Free and Paid Ways to Show Off Your Book

  1. Ann Vanhuysse

    Hi, Thank you for the great article.
    I would like to know how you get the mockup on your book page.
    Do you write a review and upload the picture there, or is there another way to go about this?
    Or do you need Author Central to be able to do this?

    1. Dave Chesson

      As the image file for your book? Or to show up in your review? If it’s the file for your book, I ‘believe’ (because I don’t know for sure) that they setup the book as a Fulfillment By Amazon (basically drop ship it as a product and not a ‘book’) and then they can update product images. I wouldn’t recommend doing that.

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