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KDP: Use cover templates - this is how it works

Authors who want to publish their work as a paperback need an appealing cover. Amazon is also happy to lend a hand here, namely with cover templates that you can download free of charge.

Solid foundation: a cover template for paperbacks is handy for getting the design right.

A cover template serves as a foundation for the final design and is therefore very practical. At Kindle Direct Publishing, you can get a template in seconds.

KDP: Create cover template in three steps

You can find the address for cover templates at this link. There you proceed as follows:
  1. Left under "Select template" you first decide on a format. It will become clear that there is no one right format for paperbacks - from 12.7 x 20.32 cm up to (rather unusual) 21.59 x 21.59 cm, a wide range is available.
  2. Then enter the page number of your book.
  3. As a third option, select a base color.
  4. Then click "Download Cover Template".
You will receive the template via download as a ZIP file, which contains the template as a PDF and as a PNG file. You can then open this in a graphics program such as Photoshop or GIMP to start with the proper cover design.In connection with this, the cover creator from Amazon is also worth a mention: there you have many prefabricated options, which limits the individuality a little, however, you come with it quickly and without additional software to the goal.

By Verner

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