10 Book Cover Design Tips for Your Next Ebook


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A powerful and intriguing book cover design is your book’s No. 1 marketing tool.

Writers are of course tasked to craft ideas to an interesting play of words and perhaps images into a coherent flow that informs, entertains, or incites readers. However creative and imaginative a writer may be, it cannot guarantee that you can design your own book cover properly. You may either seek help from a book cover designer, or learn how to create a compelling book cover design from scratch.

You need these 10 book cover design tips that we’ve collected to guide you in creating or evaluating your next winning ebook cover.


  1. The title must be big and easy to read.
    Book titles are what your readers first encounter (and usually look for) on a cover, whether on print or on screen. Make sure your overall book cover design emphasizes your book title in a stylish way.
  1. Review the thumbnail image of your book cover.
    More people are buying books and ebooks on a Kindle or mobile device, so make your cover readable no matter where and what size it appears. It’s also good to anticipate how your cover looks in grayscale.
  2. Avoid gradients.
    Another amateurish thing to do. Do not commit the mistake of having a rainbow gradient on your book or pdf cover, or else.
  3. Do NOT use garish color combinations.
    Sometimes such covers are meant to catch people’s attention. But oftentimes, it just makes your book look freakish.
  4. No font explosions.
    The best book covers do not use more than 2 fonts. Get rid of using special styling, and do not put words in caps, italics caps, outlined caps, etc.
  5. Avoid using any of these fonts: Comic Sans or Papyrus.
    No discrimination intended, but these fonts are only acceptable if you’re writing a humor book, or intentionally attempting to create a book cover design that publishers and designers will laugh at.
  6. Do NOT use your own artwork, or your children’s artwork, on the cover.
    Unless you are talented at drawing and confident with your work, why not. Even so, it’s almost always a terrible idea to put your own artwork. But if you believe that is what’s needed by your book, then go ahead.
  7. NO cheap clip art on your cover.
    Avoid the temptation of using clip arts that you can get from Microsoft Word or other cheap layout programs just because they’re free. Quality stock photography is fine (Pexels.com is one reliable source for free and good quality images), but it’s always better to invest a little on high quality photos.
  8. Do NOT put an image inside a box.
    It looks extremely amateurish to create a book cover design like this.
  1. Do NOT design your own cover.
    Veer away from trying to design your own book cover no matter how artistic you think you are. It’s always a smart move to seek help from professional graphic designers who can provide you with a more powerful, relevant, and engaging book cover design.

People usually say “Don’t judge the book by its cover,” but they often do. So invest on your book cover design and be worry-free as your book follows these 10 useful tips.

Marq Web Designs has already helped a number of authors create a book cover that aided them in gaining higher readership. You can make it to your books, too.

You may check our samples of graphic design works here.

Contact our creative team now, and let’s discuss how we can make a book cover design that effectively matches your work.

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