All ebooks has a compelling cover (or at least try to have) to show off on the sales page in Amazon Kindle store. I believe that you need to have a great cover image because it gives a good first impression on your Amazon Kindle ebook and it will boost your sales figures. I have dug up some good examples in the Amazon Kindle store and embedded them below. I have also split them into different categories as Amazon have. Images inside the ebook however has it’s own set of rules to follow.
Amazon 70% royalty option
IF you have your ebook in this royalty section you need to be aware that Amazon charges a fee per MB every time your book is downloaded. The current cost in the U.S. is $0.15 per MB, and there are other rates for sales in other countries/languages. Updated costs here.
Images inside the ebook:
- Kindle devices support GIF, BMP, JPEG, and PNG images in the content. But, I would stick to GIF, PNG and JPEG since this is images formats used on the Internet and is well known.
- JPEG photos should have a image quality on at least 40.
- Since your ebook will be viewed on the screen the DPI should not exceed 72.
- Maximum image file size should not exceed 127 KB each.
- GIF is recommended for illustrations and logos while JPEG is recommended for photos.
- Even if the Kindle versions before Kindle Fire is only 16 shades of gray or black/white you should use color images because the Amazon Kindle apps are supporting colors.
- The 2 alignments left and right are not supported so the text will NOT wrap around the image.
Cover image specifications:
- Ideal cover image width/height ratio is 1.6.
- Minimum shortest side (width) is 625 pixels.
- Minimum longest side (height) is 1000 pixels.
- Maximum shortest side (width) is 1563 pixels.
- Maximum longest side (height) is 2500 pixels.
- No mentions of file size, but this image is supposed to be on the Amazon webserver as a product image for your ebook and the web servers are huge.
You will need a cover image to use as a image on the Amazon Kindle Store. it is not difficult to find. Just use a representable photo of your self or a situation or object your ebook is about. I have listed some examples below that I found on Amazon Kindle Store.
The cover image you upload are embedded in the ebook on the Amazon server as the first page as far as I know.
As you can see a cover image is not a problem. This is easily made in Adobe Photoshop or Gimp. And you can always buy the photo you will need from a image bank on the Internet like ColourBox.com for example.
Stay tuned for the next part…