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The Bottom Line: Creating An E-Book/Audiobook Cover

Everything in this post was up-to-date at the time it was written, as always, for the latest and greatest information about exact requirements for E-book and Audiobook covers check the ACX and KDP help pages.

First things first, lets take the mustard off the hot-dog. Here are the basic requirements to upload a book cover for the Kindle or Audible Store. 

Audiobooks For Audible

E-Books For Kindle


JPEG or TIF

1,000 x 625 pixels

300 DPI

(Approx) 1.6 To 1

10,000 x 10,000 pixels

50 MB

File Type

Min Size

Min Resolution

Dimensions

Max Dimensions

Max File Size

JPG, PNG, or TIF

2400 x 2400 pixels

72 DPI

True Square

No Maximum

No Maximum


As discussed in my first blog post, I highly suggest not thinking of these two wonderful platforms as one-or-the-other, but instead committing to both of them from the beginning. The obvious challenge is that Audiobooks must be a square (sort of like CD covers for all my fellow 90's music fans) and the E-Book is more of a rectangle. Here's an example of the shape difference:

E-Book

E-Book

Audiobook

Audiobook


There's really no substitute for using software that allows you to continuously edit your cover such as Microsoft Publisher or Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. Reason being: in my experience it is sort of a trial and error process as your edit both covers and find a balance between changing elements enough to fit the different sizes but also keeping the same theme and making stylistic choices that will look good in both formats. You can definitely purchase art from graphic designers online for relatively cheap but regardless of their talent level, you often get what you pay for, and this may leave you with an in-editable file later that you can't easily make small changes to. Software costs money. Graphic designers costs money. If you are looking for a free alternative there are a couple such as canva.com and Adobe Spark, both of which I explain in more detail in this YouTube Video:


Regardless of which method you choose here's just a few extra pointers to keep in mind:

  • Amazon's website has a white(ish)background so if your book is white, it may blend together and look odd
  • Include the title, subtitle, and author's name
  • For your E-book try to use the highest possible resolution you can without exceeding the 50 MB file size limit
  • Don't use images you download from google or anywhere else online unless you get a license to use them
  • Get creative! People are overwhelmed with book covers and marketing materials for books, don't be shy about pulling the trigger on an unconventional style, especially for an E-book.

Hopefully this post was helpful, as always it was assembled through my own failures and mistakes which were even more valuable if they can be made into something useful to others. Until next time...

 

Taylor McBride