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JustKia

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My question is: What size should a book cover be for a)Kindle/ebook and b)paperback?

I've a feeling the answer is going to be akin to How long is a piece of string?

I was just considering playing about in Photoshop for those times when my muse isn't forth coming with words. Hoping I can distract the muse with graphics and snag the words while the muse isn't looking ;)

So, I guess a more accurate questions would be: What's a good size for a book cover for a)Kindle/ebooks and b)paperbacks?
 

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It's not as subjective as you think. Look here for Kindle guidelines.

If you're planning on going to print at some point, you want to design the cover image at a 1.6 aspect ratio (5"x8") at printable dimensions. That's slightly longer than the octavo dimensions. Also design with at least .125" bleed when working in print resolution.

The actual wrap-around cover's dimensions will be affected by the the spine's width. You'll need a definite pagecount and to know paper thickness in order to figure it out.
 
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