You can use the same cover image file for a CreateSpace book and a Kindle ebook. You can create covers from stock images or your ow personal photos using PicMonkey, Photoshop or other preferred photo editing programs.
- Cover dimensions: 1600 x 2400 pixels
- 300 dpi (dots per inch) for CreateSpace hard copy
- 72 dpi for Kindle ebook
I hope that this information makes it a little easier for you to format your books for CreateSpace and Kindle. Click HERE to view my published books, The New Neighbors and The Wilted Rose.
PicMonkey Photo Editor
PicMonkey is an online photo editing and design service. It can be accessed from a web browser, or through the PicMonkey mobile app. PicMonkey can be used to create book cover designs from images uploaded from the user. PicMonkey offers a free 7-Day Trial.
Ribbet Photo Editor
Ribbet is similar to PicMonkey, however PicMonkey requires you to sign up for a 7-day free trial or an account (which includes a fee). Ribbet allows you to use their site at your leisure without creating an account or signing up for a free trial. https://www.ribbet.com/app/?edit_photo#/home/welcome
Stock photos are an easily affordable option for creating quality book covers. There are a number of stock photo websites around, but although they advertise themselves as ‘free’, many still require you to pay for the images upon downloading them.
As an author, the two best sites I have come across are iStock and Dreamstime. They have a great supply of quality stock images that match keyword searches well.
CreateSpace and Kindle both have free Cover Creator services as part of their publishing processes. At this stage of the book set-up process, you have the option to either upload a cover image you have already designed, or you can use the Cover Creator, which provides EVERYTHING you need, including cover templates, various fonts and images, all absolutely free!
CreateSpace and Kindle do also offer cover design services for a fee.
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