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Chris A. Baird | May 19, 2020
Can authors use same cover for print and ebook?

You need a great cover to make a good impression of your book. Learn how you can save a huge amount yet still create an impressive cover, and whether or not you can use the same cover for print and ebook.

I Made Mistakes

The first thing I want to tell you is that the fourth answer to this question will save you $38 per cover. So you are not going to want to miss it.

Let's get into it. The question that was sent to me today is for Kindle Publishing, can authors use same cover for print and ebook? That is an outstanding question.

You don't know exactly where to start on this one. Is it going to cost you money if you are going to do the print cover in addition to your Kindle cover? Or maybe you've already done your Kindle cover and you are not even sure if you are going to need to get the Kindle cover also.

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Before we kick this off, check out my free Self-Publishing Checklist. Now, let's get started, well, when I first started, I started by using Kindle. I was going for the absolute cheapest route.

I found websites that gave me the ability like Canva, to create a free cover for my Kindle book. But then I discovered that when I was going to create a print cover that it was a lot more complicated.

So, I began to understand that I wasn't going to be able to use the same cover. I ordered covers and I did a whole series of things that were completely incorrect and ended up costing me a great deal of money.

Yes You Can

Let's get to the answer. Yes, the first thing you need to know is that you can use the same cover for your Kindle book. I would highly recommend it.

You have your front cover and you are going to be using the same one for all the different formats you are going to do. These are your Kindle, your paperback on Amazon, your IngramSpark, and your hardback cover. You are also going to use it for your audiobook on ACX.

For all of these different things, you can use the same cover which is fantastic news since you already did the investment on the cover. The difference is that you will use a template from these different sites that show you exactly what the cover needs to look like for the paper version.

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So, you are going to download a PDF and you can pull them into a free tool like GIMP or Photoshop if you prefer. Then, you can take that and you can add the text to the back cover. You can put the spine in there.

There is a whole series of things you can do. Now to get the initial front cover, I would highly recommend that you go to Fiverr to find a person who can do it for you.

The GoTo person I have used, I think she's done over 150 covers for me, so you can go to her and she will be able to tell you. Here is my affiliate link. As I told you, you would save $38 and this is exactly what we are going to do it with. 

The Best Deal

Tip number four which is the fourth answer is that you do not need the source file. You do not need a back cover in the spine. You don't need any of the extras, no extra delivery.

You get an infinite amount of as many revisions as you would like to your cover. That can be very important especially if you misspell something which I have done plenty of times and I needed to have an additional cover made.

You can pay just $12 and get an amazing cover. So this is something you are going to want to check out.

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What have you found? What have you used to do your covers? Have you paid for the covers?


Are you using the same cover for your paperback, your other cover, and your ebook cover? If not, why would you pay extra money? Is there a value in having two separate covers?

I haven't really found it, but maybe you have. So, leave a comment below on what you found and check out my other blogs and videos that answer questions just like this one.

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