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Creating a Catalog / Cover Image

A book is judged by its cover! Your cover image can have a direct impact on your readers' purchasing decisions and adding a high quality cover image is an effective way for you to inspire customer confidence and boost sales. The topics covered in this page will help you format and upload a catalog cover image.

Please note: when you publish or re-publish your book, your cover image will be automatically added to the inside. You must ensure you have all rights necessary for the content of your cover image and that it complies with our Content Guidelines.

To learn about adding a cover image or any image within your Kindle book, please see our Image Formatting Help page. If you'd like some help preparing your cover file, read about our Cover Creator tool.

Borders for White Cover Art
Uploading Your Cover
Product Image Placeholders
Some Frequently Asked Questions

Kindle Direct Publishing accepts two types of files for cover images:

JPEG, or .jpeg
TIFF, or .tif(f)

KDP applies additional compression to images when displaying them on its website. For best results, images should be uploaded with minimal compression.


Requirements for the size of your cover art have an ideal height/width ratio of 1.6, this means:

• A minimum of 625 pixels on the shortest side and 1000 pixels on the longest side
• For best quality, your image would be 1563 pixels on the shortest side and 2500 pixels on the longest side


Product images display on the Amazon website using RGB (red, green, blue) color mode. RGB is the color mode native to the web and many color screen displays, as these three colors displayed at varying levels of intensity create over 16 million colors.

Use color images whenever possible and relevant. The Kindle reading device has a black and white screen today but Kindle applications for other devices, such as iPhone or PC, take advantage of color fonts and images.

Borders for White Cover Art

Cover art with white or very light backgrounds can seem to disappear against the white background. Adding a very narrow (3-4 pixel) border in medium gray will define the boundaries of the cover.

Uploading Your Cover

To upload your cover

1. Log in:
2. On your bookshelf, in the "Other Book Actions" column next to the title you're updating, click "Edit book details."
3. Scroll down to "Product Image."
4. Click "Browse for Image..."
5. A pop-up window will appear. Click "Browse."
6. Locate your cover image file on your computer, and click "Open."
7. Click the "Upload Image" button.
8. Uploaded Successfully! will appear along with the preview image.
9. Scroll to the bottom of page and click "Save and Continue."

You'll then be redirected to "Rights & Pricing" where you'll need to reconfirm Content Rights, and click "Save and Publish" at the bottom of the screen. Changes will take effect on the web site within 24 hours, though cover image files may take up to 72 hours.

It's important to note the previewed image serves only as a placeholder while your book completes the publishing process. The publishing process takes approximately 24 hours to complete while populating to the Kindle Store (though cover image files may take up to 72 hours). We appreciate your patience during this time so that we may ensure we are providing a high quality eBook experience for our Kindle customers.

Product Image Placeholders

If you don't have a product image, or choose not to upload one, we will add a placeholder image to the Amazon detail page for your eBook. It will contain the title of your book and the first contributor name you entered. We believe having a product image, even if it is only a placeholder, is a better customer experience than displaying a message that an image is not available.

Some Frequently Asked Questions

When I publish a book, how long does it take before I get a placeholder cover?

Placeholders are added to books that are missing a product image on a weekly basis, so it will take up to one week to see the placeholder image.

What about all the books I’ve published in the past?

If your previously published books didn’t have a product image, placeholder images have already been generated for them.

How can I replace the placeholder image with my own image?

Find the book you want to add an image to within the KDP bookshelf, and click the "Actions" button, then "Edit book details." You can upload an image in the Product Image section. After submission, it will go under review and then will go live after passing the review.

Can I just keep the “No Image Available” box and not have a placeholder?

No, we want every book to have a product image. We encourage you to design and upload your own image that captures customer attention.

If I change the title or author of my book, how do I get the placeholder updated so it matches?

We encourage you to upload your own image. If that isn’t possible, you can contact us and we will delete the existing placeholder, which will trigger a new one to be generated within one week.
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