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.

Tip: Don't include your cover image in your manuscript file. When you publish or re-publish your book, we will automatically add your cover image to the inside. Make sure you have all rights necessary for the content of your cover image and that it complies with our Content Guidelines.

To learn more about adding images 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 currently accepts two types of files for cover images:


We apply additional compression to images when displaying them on the website. For best results, please upload your images with minimal compression.


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

Important: We cannot accept any image larger than 10,000 pixels on the longest side.


Your cover image must be less than 50MB. If the file type you are using supports compression, make sure to enable as little compression as possible, e.g. none for TIFF. Be sure to save your file with 72 dots per inch (dpi).


Product images display on the Amazon website using the RGB (red, green, blue) color mode or profile. 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.  When saving and uploading your cover image file, save your file ONLY as RGB - not CMYK or sRGB- for the color profile. You can usually find this option in the File saving dialog of image manipulation programs such as Photoshop.

Some programs may also refer to RGB color as 'True Color' in some programs. If in doubt, try opening a JPG inside Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari. If a JPG opens fine inside a web browser, it's most likely OK to use as a cover image.

Make sure to save your image without color separation. This is usually a pre-press or color palette option. Use your image manipulation program or image analysis tool (some are freely available online) to verify that your image file doesn't have color separation.

Use color images whenever possible and relevant. In addition to the Kindle black and white e-ink reading devices, customers can read your books on full color Fire devices and free-to-download Kindle reading apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, PC or Mac.

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 to your account at and go to your Bookshelf.
2. Click the ellipsis button ("...") under the Book Actions menu next to your book, then select "Edit Details." Or, click “Add Cover” next to your book to go directly to the cover uploader.
3. Click on "Browse for image" under the "Upload or Create a Book Cover" section.
4. When you see a pop-up window appear, click "Browse” to find your cover image file on your computer and click "Open."
5. If your image meets our specifications, you will see a message of “Processing” will appear.
6. Once your image completes the conversion process, the message “Cover uploaded successfully” will appear along with the thumbnail for your cover image.
7. 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 website within 24 hours, though cover image files may take up to 72 hours.
The image you see in preview serves ONLY as a placeholder while your book completes the publishing process. The publishing process takes approximately 24 hours to complete and populating to the Kindle Store. 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. It can take up to one week to see the placeholder image on your detail page. 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?

We add placeholders to books that are missing a product image on a weekly basis. As a result, 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 in your KDP Bookshelf. Then, click the ellipsis button ("...") under the Book Actions menu and select "Edit 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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