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e-Book Cover File Size Specifications

28 October 2011

From Joel Friedlander:

I’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about e-book covers and, specifically the size and proportion requirements for submitting the cover image of your e-book when you upload it to a retailer or a distributor.

Here’s a selection of requirements that should help. Keep in mind this information is accurate now but could change at any time, so check when you’re ready to upload.

Kindle Direct Publishing

From Kindle Direct Publishing help system:

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Requirements for the size of your cover art:

At least 500 pixels horizontally and 800 pixels vertically
Ideal height/width ratio of 1.6
Maximum of 2000 pixels on the longest side is preferred
Save at 72 dots per inch (dpi) for optimal viewing on the web

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Barnes & Noble Pubit!

From Barnes & Noble Pubit! Help system:

Your cover image must be a .JPG or .JPEG file with a file size between 5KB and 2MB. The sides must be between 750 pixels and 2000 pixels in length.

Link to the rest at The Book Designer

There’s nothing earth-shaking here, you would have to hunt all over the place to find this information, so, as usual, Joel has been very helpful.


4 Comments to “e-Book Cover File Size Specifications”

  1. A number of people are saying that we shouldn’t restrict our ebook “covers” (which aren’t covers at all, but really product images) to look anything like regular book covers. Seth Godin, for instance, is forgoing text and not worrying about the aspect ratio.

    However, imho, the aspect ratio is particularly important for quick communication to the audience. The audience is very good at telling a book from a DVD from a CD from a Bluray disk these days. If you use the wrong aspect ratio, people will automatically filter your book out as a wrong hit in a search result page.

    • Camille – I agree on keeping the aspect ratio in the general range of what a book looks like.

    • Yes, I’ve seen a particular book mentioned on Goodreads several times, and the first couple of times I saw the cover I thought it was an audioboook or something else different from a regular book, because it’s square.

  2. Very simple. I talk about building cover frequently on my main blog, maybe as much as I discuss writing. I even uploaded all the images and template to the cover I built for Summer Horse when I published that through CreateSpace so people could see the process and be confident they could do it. I uploaded all the images to the process I went through building the cover for my friend’s book Inhuman.

    1000 pixels X 1500 pixels. Easy numbers to remember even for me with dyscalcula.

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