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Design an eBook Cover That Stands Out From Any Digital Shelf

Get them to single out your book with eBook cover designs fit for any genre.

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Design an eBook cover that packs an impressive literary punch

You have to admit: self-publication is now easier than ever. Anyone can now get their stories out there without the obstacles of editorial honchos and publication kingpins. But how to establish a reader base for your eBook?

With Canva’s, ready-to-use templates, simple drag-and-drop interface, and its wide selection of design elements, you can easily craft a eBook cover that intrigues your particular crowd (with lots of eBook ideas, you’ll never be stuck with a black canvas!) So even if you’ve always been more of a wordsmith than a visualizer, you can now design an eBook cover design that can capture an audience eager to read your story.

How to make an eBook cover

  1. Open Canva

    Open Canva and type "Ebook Cover" in the search bar to kick off your design.

  2. Explore templates

    Find eBook cover templates for every theme and genre you can imagine, from romance and scifi to inspirational and creative. Narrow down your search by adding in keywords that fit your theme, style, mood and color scheme. Click on the template you like to start designing.

  3. Enjoy a wide range of features

    In Canva’s library, you’ll find millions of professional quality photos, icons, illustrations and stock images to choose from. Add them to your page with the handy drag-and-drop tool. Use the photo effects feature to make your design stand out.

  4. Keep customizing

    Add your personal touch by uploading your own photos, images or artwork. Mix and match ingredients from different templates. Try out different color schemes and font styles. Keep experimenting you feel great about your design.

  5. Save and share online

    Download and save your eBook cover as a JPG or PNG. Upload and share your design online in a few clicks.

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Choose from a stunning selection of eBook cover templates and design elements

Even if you’re a writer with no background in design, you’ll be able to visually communicate your ideas with Canva. Our constantly updated library of templates and design elements has the capability to give an accessible graphic form to any idea.

Choose from designs that range from sleek to playful, simple to elaborate, image focused or type based. You will surely find designs that complement the genre your eBook might be about! Lend each layout your own brand of distinctiveness by matching it with any of our design elements.

Choose from over one million stock images and library of icons to complement your eBook cover title

They say a picture says a thousand words. That’s why most cover designers opt to use a photo for their book designs—and that’s applicable for both printed and digital publications! If you’re taking the classic route of using a stunning photo, we have good news for you: Canva has a selection of excellently curated stock photos from a range of equally excellent sources.

Flat design is also an option. We have a wide collection of high quality icons and vectors just for that to get you sorted. Colors aren’t a problem either—stick to the design’s prescribed palette or enter in your preferred hex code. You may choose from our selection of filters or encode your preferred color’s hex code onto any of your design elements.

Share your eBook cover with a worldwide range of online readers

Before you can unleash your eBook onto the online world you must promote it. Publish your eBook cover online via Canva’s nifty share button. Your choices for worldwide dissemination will range from social media to your mailing list.

And if you change your mind about publishing your book exclusively online, you may also print out your eBook cover in stunning high resolution! Simply select the High-Quality PDF button from the Download tab and you’re all set a file to send out to the printers!


Amazon’s recommended e-book cover size is 2560 x 1600 pixels with a ratio of 1:1.6. There are other options, though, including Kobo’s 1448 x 1072 and Wattpad’s 512 x 800 pixels. A good general rule of thumb is to shoot for the 1500 x 1800 pixel range.

Draw people in with an e-book cover that uses an eye-catching color scheme, unique typography, a title that is clear and easy to read, minimal graphics, and balance between text and negative space. Be sure your cover will also look good as a thumbnail image.

It’s not necessary to design a back cover for an e-book, since readers won’t see it anyway until they purchase the book. The front cover is what readers will see when they’re considering buying your book, so focus on making the front shine.

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