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eBook Cover Design

eBook Cover DesignAre you a writer but terrible doing the design part? Maybe you are great at both and just want to focus on writing and marketing. No matter the situation you find yourself in, the design can be done right here. We won’t get you for an arm and a leg either. eBook covers don’t have to be Mona Lisa’s, but they should make you stand apart from the millions of books you can get your hands on.

The dimensions and format are spelled out on Amazon for us to ensure the right delivery. Here are their guidelines:

Dimensions

Requirements for the size of your cover art must have an ideal height/width ratio of at least 8:5 (1.6), meaning:

• A minimum of 625 pixels on the shortest side and 1000 pixels on the longest side
• For best quality, your image should be 2500 pixels on the longest side

Important: We cannot accept any images larger than 10,000 pixels on the longest side.

Size

Your cover image must be less than 50MB. If the file type you are using supports compression, make sure to enable as little compression as possible, e.g. none for TIFF. Be sure to save your file with 72 dots per inch (DPI).

Color

Product images displayed on the Amazon website using the RGB (red, green, blue) color mode or profile. RGB is the color mode native to the web and many color screen displays, as these three colors displayed at varying levels of intensity create over 16 million colors.  When saving and uploading your cover image file, save your file ONLY as RGB – not CMYK or sRGB- for the color profile. You can usually find this option in the File saving dialog of image manipulation programs such as Photoshop.

Some programs may also refer to RGB color as ‘True Color’ in some programs. If in doubt, try opening a JPG inside Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari. If a JPG opens fine inside a web browser, it’s most likely okay to use as a cover image.

Make sure to save your image without color separation. This is usually a pre-press or color palette option. Use your image manipulation program or image analysis tool (some are available free online) to verify that your image file doesn’t have color separation.

Use color images whenever possible and relevant. In addition to the Kindle black and white E Ink reading devices, customers can read your books in full-color Fire devices and free Kindle reading apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, PC or Mac.

Borders for White Cover Art

Cover art with white or very light backgrounds can seem to disappear against the white background. Adding a very narrow (3-4 pixel) border in medium gray will define the boundaries of the cover.

Deliverables

  • JPEG (JPEG / JPG), TIFF (TIF / TIFF) for upload
  • Any other file formats such as .ai, .psd, .eps…etc.

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