Paperback Book Cover Template

free softcover book cover template for indesign

This free book cover template includes a full front and back cover for a paperback or softcover, including an adjustable spine. Super simple to customize with your own sizing and design, this book cover template is the perfect canvas for creating your own print-ready layout.

This flexible template takes out the technical trickery of creating your own cover design, with a spine that can be resized easily, easy-to-edit layers, and a simple yet stylish design. Already set up for full CMYK printing and including a bleed, you can focus your energies on simply creating a cool design for your cover.

Before you go to print: Remember to ask your printer in advance for an accurate spine width for your cover. This will depend both on the number of pages in your book and the paper stock you choose to print on.

Includes the 2 most common paperback cover sizes:

8″ x 5″




(Need a slightly different size? Learn how to resize this template )

Below you can preview the book cover template, download the InDesign file and find a bunch of helpful tips on how to edit your template in book cover templates - InDesign paperback template

Screenshot of full book cover template for paperback. Front cover, adjustable spine and reverse.

Download this Template

Download this paperback book cover template for free (your download will include an INDD file for InDesign CS6 and an IDML version for opening in InDesign CS5 or CC):

Instructions for Downloading the Image Files

Get the high res images used in this template free via Depositphotos.
Click this link to create a free account with 5 credits, then copy the codes below to look-up and download the images on Depositphotos:


Font files

Acre – Font Squirrel 

Help Working with InDesign Templates

We’ve put together a collection of helpful tips to make editing our InDesign Templates super easy. If you’re a newbie to Adobe InDesign it’s worth checking these out before starting work on your design.

How to Open an InDesign Template
How to Work With Layers in Your Template
How to Change the Colors
How to Add Your Own Text
How to Add Your Own Images
How to Resize Pages in InDesign
How to Export Your Document for Printing
How to Change the Fonts in a Document

Discover more advice for InDesign beginners on our Tutorials page. Or why not discover inspiration about typography, layout design and much more right here.