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Digiterium
04-07-2016, 07:34 PM
My plan was to create my covers at 1563x2500 which is what is recommended by Amazon. But when I looked at a cover I designed on my iPad, that image looked too thin, and after some googling, there are people that say that ratio 1.6 does produce an image which looks too thin. So should I go with a 1.5 ratio? something like 1667x2500? and if I do would Amazon still be ok with that? Is there some kind of industry standard for ebook cover dimensions?

kevinwaynewilliams
04-08-2016, 01:47 AM
1.5 ratio is standard, as it fits a 6x9 paperback as well. I think you are quoting a minimum as a recommendation. Where did you get the 1563x2500 figure?

Digiterium
04-08-2016, 02:34 AM
1.5 ratio is standard, as it fits a 6x9 paperback as well. I think you are quoting a minimum as a recommendation. Where did you get the 1563x2500 figure?

Thanks, yeah I think I'll go with the 1.5 definately looks better. Amazon say


Requirements for the size of your cover art must have an ideal height/width ratio of at least 8:5 (1.6), meaning:

• A minimum of 625 pixels on the shortest side and 1000 pixels on the longest side
• For best quality, your image should be 2500 pixels on the longest side

So 2500 / 1.6 = 1563 roughly. I want to keep the height as 2500, 2500 / 1.5 = 1667 roughly.

kevinwaynewilliams
04-08-2016, 07:21 AM
I think they have an "at least" when they mean "at most". Otherwise, they would be accepting really bizarre ratios like 2:1.

Yonderworldly
04-10-2016, 12:36 AM
Amazon's recommended cover dimensions is "thin." I'm not sure why they prefer that. Perhaps it looks better on a Kindle? I don't have one so I'm not sure, but narrower covers do seem to look good on phones.

If it helps, the standard recommended size for most other eBook retailers (e.g. Nook, iBooks, Smashwords) is 1600 x 2400.