Step 3: Create Your Cover ART

Kindle store customers judge the lack of cover art, or the presence of unaltered stock-photo cover art, to be a hallmark of the non-professional. You definitely want some nice cover art for your eBook. And it should match the cover art of any other editions.

Anything from a greeting card program to MS Paint can get the job done, but of course a dedicated graphics package such as GIMP or PhotoShop will generally offer more and better options.

In general you can use any public domain or purchased clip art in your cover image, but you may not use graphics copied off the internet unless their creator has explicitly given permission for commercial re-use of the image(s).

Size your cover art for 4"x6" at 300 dpi ( that 1200x1800 pixels ), it must be saved in JPEG or TIFF format with RGB ( not CMYK ) color mode set. This is different from the formatting requirements for image which appear inside the document.

Aside from stock photo collections, if you intend to use pictures where anyone’s face is recognizable, you must have a written and signed release from every living person who is identifiable or their estate if any of those people are celebrities.  It’s best to stick with purchased clip art and stock photos.

Per title, the average publisher spends  anywhere from $400 to $2000 for professional book cover design. That's a lot of money and they probably know what they are talking about.

So take some time, cruise the net. Try searching for 'Cover Art' or 'Book Cover Art How To' to find ideas and suggestions for your book cover.

Here's a YouTube video that shows how to make a 3D cover using GIMP free software:

The good folks over at BookCoverPro have done a fantastic job of putting together a book cover editing package for around $100. They also have an eBook design special for $29 that might be worth considering.

Even if you decide to create your own the BCP web site has dozens of template examples that can provide a comprehensive layout concept.

Other interesting sites include http://ecoversoftwarepro.com/ for $27 ( on sale at the moment ).
Oh My God, was that a Wonderfalls reference? you're amazing :)
Probably not since I'm not sure what Wonderfalls is but thank you for the kind words.
great and thank you
If you publish something either directly or indirectly because of this article please share the link with us.
Correct me if I am wrong, but you are saying that anyone can publish any material for free, as long as it is approved by Amazon?
Yeah, pretty much. There may be limits, for instrance they may not accept pornographic materials or Nazi propaganda but in general if you publish it they will sell it.
What percentage of the price does Amazon take when someone buys a book?
That varies based on list and sales price. Check the site for details, its not something I keep on top of.
You mentioned Tax ID, what about for foreigners who want to self publish in Amazon? the only thing I am certain is even foreigners have to file for tax earn in US.
I have no information about tax ids and foreign nationals. You might check with Amazon or check the IRS webiste ( www.irs.gov ). I think you can probably get a tax ID from them for this purpose, but you'll probably need to file a tax return or get hosed for the withholding.
Thanks for writing this Instructable. It's really detailed and well thought out... it's obvious you put a lot of effort into it. I don't have any writings worth publishing, but it was still an interesting read none the less. Keep up the good work!
Thank you for the kind words. Don't sell yourself short, everybody knows something worth something worth sharing whether in book or pamphlet form or internet publishing such as instructables.
over the past thirty years, Copyright law has been reworked to favor the author over the big publishing companies.
I must say this is a very well timed Instructable. With NaNoWriMo just around the corner I could see a lot of people being interested in this. <br> <br>Well done.
Thank you for these kind words. What is NaNoWriMo?
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a 50,000 word first draft Novel in 30 days. This will be my 2nd year participating.
Would anyone be able to steal your content and copyright it? Thank you!
Copy and copyright are two very, very different questions. Plagiarized works may not be copyrighted and any rights claimed on a plagiarized work are indefensible. This means that the true owner of the copyright can sue and win damages.<br><br>Copy protection is a different question. The Kindle supports a variety of encryption and DRM options, you'll need to review the docs to understand what levels of protection are available.
No more so than with a printed book - Your copyright is intact even in E format

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