Book covers can be requested either for your physical book, ebook or both.
Include in your request the following:
Any asset that you might want in your book cover design, such as logos, imagery, author image or any other file should be included.
The size of your book cover depends on whether you’re going to print it or use it on digital media (like Amazon or Google Books), here are the most common sizes:
- General eBook for the web: 1563 x 2500 pixels
- Amazon Kindle: 1563 x 2500 pixels
- Barnes & Noble: 1333 x 2000 pixels
- Smashwords: 1600 x 2400 pixels
- Kobo Books: 1600 x 2400 pixels
- Apple iBooks: 1400 x 1873 / 1600 x 2400 pixels (recommended)
- Google Books: 1618 x 2500 pixels
- Draft 2 Digital: 1600 x 2400 pixels
- Lulu: 612 x 792 pixels
- Book Baby: 1400 x 2100 pixels
Unlike digital books, having standards here is a little bit more difficult as every printer have different specifications, here are some guidelines:
- Trade paperbacks: 6″ x 9″
- Novels: 5.5″ x 8.5″
- 5″ x 8″
- 5.06″ x 7.81″
- 5.25″ x 8″
- 5.5″ x 8.5″
- 6″ x 9″
- 6.14 x 9.21″
- 6.69 x 9.61″
- 7″ x 10″
- 7.44″ x 9.69″
- 7.5″ x 9.25″
- 8″ x 10″
- 8.25″ x 6″
- 8.5″ x 11″
- 8.5″ x 8.5″
Most books tend to be vertical, however, if you want your book to be horizontal mention it.
Include any content that you would like to see on your book cover, most authors like to include: The title of the book, the author’s name, a photo of the author (usually, in the back cover) and a brief intro describing the book and the author.
Clarify what genre your book is, what’s the story and what’s the main idea of your book.
Who would typically read your book? Any demographics data such as age, gender location, will help us.
If your brand already has a style of its own we recommend that you request your book cover follows your brand style. If you have a preference in terms of style, make sure to include it.
Anything in particular that we should do? The more detail you provide, the better.
Things to avoid
Your recommendations of things we should not do.