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4 Fantastic Free Books to Boost Creativity & Inspire Your Best Work

Recently we put together a series of free books for Adobe software with over 20 different titles you can download on how to best use the different major products… These books have been trem­endously popular and well-received.

But since Adobe software is all about creating, for some time now we’ve been meaning to add another collection of free books simply about creativity – something that everyone in the world can use and benefit from… So finally, here is that set! You can legally download and use the four PDF e-books below to inspire your own creative process and help improve your work, no matter what you do in life. They are (in our view) all easy, enjoyable, and enriching reads.

Book #1: The Creative Aid Handbook (142 Pages)

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Co-creators Richard Tapp and Nicole Smith of Kooroo Kooroo rightly describe The Creative Aid Handbook as a outside-of-the-box resource to get your creative juices flowing: “We wrote, designed, and illustrated a book featuring unusual tips to nurture your creative well-being, boost your creative intellect and foster internal inspiration. Meant to serve as a mini-resource for your creative projects and food for your creative thoughts. We’ve included our own valuable refer­ences and resources we know and trust as a means to help you get your projects done. We want to give you the creative push from a direction you may not have thought of, be it informative, inspirational, or simply entertaining.”

And included with this must-have volume for creatives is free companion artwork you can download as well (in AI format): “In keeping with our principles and an open-source ideology, all of the art featured, plus extra concept work for this book is downloadable in vector (.AI) format. This means you are free to download, keep, re-use and alter all art for whatever creative needs, purposes or endeavors you may have. This is a continuously evolving ebook with updates on what we’ve learned along the way while working to complete our own projects.”

Book #2: What Is Creativity? (75 Pages)

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“Be more creative” is a phrase often used within business and marketing with little consideration given to its meaning. Many fields have seen seismic shifts over the last few years and being creative is now an essential ingredient to success. But what does it mean to be creative?

What Is Creativity? is a 74-page ebook written and illustrated by Shelli Walsh. The book is an intro­duction to what creative thinking is, with nine chapters to teach thinking skills and techniques on how to be more creative. It’s chock full of helpful tips and inspirational quotes from luminaries that you probably have never heard before.

The second half of the book asks noted industry thought leaders five key questions about what inspires them, entitled “What does creativity mean to you?” Chapter contributors include: Rand Fishkin, Wil Reynolds, Dave Trott, Lee Odden, Paddy Moogan, Neil Patel, Bas Van Den Beld and Chris Brogan, who all share their perceptive insights within.

Book #3: How to Be Creative (49 Pages)

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Author Hugh MacLeod, an advertising executive and popular blogger with a flair for the creative, gives his 26 tried-and-true tips for being truly creative. Each point illustrated by a cartoon drawn by the author himself.

Written in irreverent and provocative style, How to Be Creative highlights the value of authenticity and hard work, and reveals the challenges and rewards of being creative. Notable chapter titles include: Ignore everybody, Everyone is born creative, Sing in your own voice, You are responsible for your own experience, Keep your day job, Never compare your inside with somebody else’s outside, Avoid the Watercooler Gang, and Write from the heart. Caution: this book does contain some colorful language.

If you’ve ever felt the draw to do something creative but just haven’t been able to pull it together, you’ll love this manifesto.

Book #4: Time Management for Creative People (29 Pages)

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In order to create anything well, you’ve got to have the time to get it done. And while our increasingly digital and con­nect­ed world brings great promises, it also brings great distractions. Happily for us, longtime business coach and trainer Mark McGuinness has learned a lot about what it takes to get original work done in the midst of the demands and distractions of the 21st-century workplace – and he shares it freely in his ebook, Time Management for Creative People.

This book has been downloaded over 100,000 times, and has received enthusiastic feedback from people all over the world who say it has transformed their working habits and helped them achieve their artistic and professional goals. It’s full of practical advice for creatives, including: Finding the method in your creative madness, Identifying and prioritizing your most important work, Getting in the right state of mind for focused work, How to minimize interruptions and distractions, Managing e-mail effectively and How to remember – and fulfill – all your important commitments.

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So there you have it – four amazing and inspiring titles to download, read and share – all completely for free. You can download all of them here… hope they help your creativity soar!

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  1. Ingrid

    Awesome, thank you !!!

  2. Rajam

    Very nice, I like these helpful books

  3. Yann

    Dear all,

    I would like to say many thanks for these books.

    Best Regards,


  4. sandi2004

    thank you very much!

  5. Fredrik
  6. JJS

    I can’t believe these are free. Great stuff.

  7. starling

    nice collection, thanks a lot!
    appreciate it.

  8. Saad el-Din Ahmad

    For Adobe Team,

    On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Photoshop and I don’t have words but thanks to all the employees of the company for their beautiful message of creativity, which are characterized more than any other company and to achieve art message of truth, goodness and beauty. Wishing you more creativity and success.

    My Greetings,
    Saad el-Din Ahmad

  9. Allan

    An excellent set. I got a lot of insight from Mr MacLeod, a document that spoke to me more than most.

  10. karthi

    thank you for this…

  11. Deborah Loth

    Your links to all these books point to the Adobe Forums. You may not be aware that there is a serious bug with the Adobe Forums (colloquially known as The Redirect Loop of Death) which prevents many users from accessing them at all.

    See this page.

    As you can see from this thread, this problem has been going on for over 4 years. I still have this problem, and cannot access this book from any of your links. Presumably the Adobe Forum posts you reference have links to the book. Perhaps you could divulge the link without passing through the inaccessible-to-me Adobe Forums.

    (And yes, not being able to access the Adobe Forums AT ALL is a major problem for me as a Creative Cloud user.)

    • Sorry you’re having trouble Deborah. We have not heard of that before – and from the link you posted, it appears to be quite rare (only 8 people reported having the same issue in 4 years).

      It seems to be something funny with your account, most likely an unusual data conflict of some sort. The reason is because changing browsers or computers (or clearing your cache/cookies) doesn’t help you.

      Did you try modifying your Adobe ID names(s) on Profile tab of your Adobe account, as suggested? Several people there said that worked, and fixed the redirects they had.

      If not, you could just create a brand new Adobe ID and then contact Customer Service about transferring your licenses over. To create a new ID while keeping your same original email address, follow the 2-step process here. That should hopefully solve it for you.

    • PS: But just to clarify – you don’t even need an account to read the Forums! They are public and open for everyone to view. with no Adobe ID necessary. The only time a log in is required is if you want to post.

      You can test this yourself by opening any web browser, clearing your cache & cookies (to reset), and visiting any page there yourself. There is no access restriction.

  12. Excellent list. Thanks for publishing

  13. hip_hugger

    Fantastic Collection !!! Thank You!

  14. Ian Douglas

    Can anyone access any of these so-called free books or is it just a scam?

    • Not sure what you mean, Ian. Are you having difficulty accessing the books? If so, is there any error or message you received?

      And if you’re having trouble accessing them using your regular browser, did you try with a different web browser – or using another computer or device?

      Also, are you blocking or filtering anything with your browser(s) – like cookies, downloads, or any sites or URLs? Adobe recommends turning those things off for downloads…

      Or are you running any utilities that might restrict your web surfing – like Ghostery, AdBlock, or Disconnect? Or possibly your firewall, antivirus program (esp. Kaspersky), or other third-party security software? It could be because of over-aggressive software or utilities like these.

      An alternative would be to try downloading the book PDF’s for mobile usage and reading with a tablet/iPad or smartphone/iPhone… That would avoid any issues with the desktop and then you could then share the books back to your computer using Dropbox, Box, or Creative Cloud online storage.

      Hope that helps!

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