To learn more tips about the importance of covers, and what distinguishes a great cover from a poor cover, download my free best practices ebook, The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success. You might also enjoy watching the companion video on YouTube, where I speak at length about cover design and other important tips that will help your book be more successful. You’ll find the complete collection of Smashwords videos here: Here’s a direct link to the video on best practices:

Unlike print books which have a front cover, back cover and spine, ebooks only have a front cover.

Mechanical Requirements for Book Covers - Book covers must be shaped like a book cover (a vertical [upright] rectangle, not a square) and should include your book title and author name.

Keep your cover image tasteful and avoid obscenity.

1,600 pixels wide by 2,400 pixels tall is generally a good dimension, or such similar ratio. The image must be at least 1,400 pixels wide, and the height should be greater (taller) than the width. A good guideline is to make the height between 1.3 and 1.6 times greater than the width. I think 1.5 to 1.6 usually looks best, though you and your cover designer have some flexibility here.

You can view how different dimensions look at

Book covers cannot contain nudity, a price, or a web address (Apple, for example, will reject your book if they see a hyperlink on the book cover image), or advertisements of items not already included in the book.

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