28 (Editable) Book Cover Ideas & Templates for Your Next Book

28 (Editable) Book Cover Ideas & Templates for Your Next Book

Mahnoor Sheikh

Written by:
Mahnoor Sheikh

Getting readers to pick up your book can be tricky, especially when it’s stuffed between hundreds of other colorful and dazzling books.

That’s why you need an eye-catching book cover to make your book stand out.

In this post, you’ll find 28 book cover templates to help you create your own stunning book covers in minutes.

We’ve also added a step-by-step guide on how to create a book cover in Visme.

Ready? Let’s get started.

 

28 Book Cover Ideas to Inspire You

What is a Book Cover?

What Size is a Book Cover?

28 (Editable) Book Cover Ideas & Templates for Your Next Book

How to Make a Book Cover in 5 Simple Steps

 

What is a Book Cover?

The book cover is the first physical part of your book that a reader will see.

Your book cover design should be attractive and meaningful, but it should also clearly communicate what the book is about at first glance.

Here’s an example of a well-known book cover: The Godfather by Mario Puzo.

This book cover is not only bold and eye-catching, but also visually conveys the theme of the story with the puppet strings.

The Godfather’s book cover design became so popular that it was even used in the official movie poster.

Another example of great book cover design is this book cover from Sophie Kinsella’s The Undomestic Goddess.

This book cover is fun, flirty and girly, just like the story inside. At a single glance, the reader can tell this is going to be a light-hearted summer read.

Creating a book cover should be the last step of publishing a book. Any text and graphic design elements that you add to your book cover should align with the final, edited version of your book.

If you create a book cover before your book is finished or ready for publication, you might need to go back and rework it to adapt it to the final version.

Now that you know what a book cover is and why it’s important, let’s dive into the standard book cover sizes for various types of books.

 

What Size is a Book Cover?

Your book cover size depends on the type of book you’re publishing.

The infographic below summarizes the industry standard book cover sizes for various types of books, according to MasterClass.

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  • Mass market paperbacks: 4.25 x 6.87
  • Trade paperbacks: 5 x 8 to 6 x 9
  • Hardcover books: 6 x 9 to 8.5 x 11
  • Fiction books: 4.25 x 6.87, 5.25 x 8, 5.5 x 8.5, 6 x 9
  • Non-fiction books: 5.5 x 8.5, 6 x 9, 7 x 10
  • Novellas: 5 x 8
  • Children’s books: 7.5 x 7.5, 7 x 10, 10 x 8
  • Textbooks: 6 x 9, 7 x 10, 8.5 x 11

The sizes for eBook covers are different from print book cover sizes. Here are the standard eBook cover sizes:

  • Kindle Direct: 2,560 x 1,600 px (1.6:1)
  • Novels and non-fiction books: 2,560 x 1,600 px (1.5:1)
  • Illustrated books: 2,800 x 3,920 px (1.4:1) or 3,000 x 3,600 px (1.2:1)
  • Audiobook: 3,200 x 3,200 px (1:1)

Even though there are standard book cover sizes for different types of books, it does not mean you have to stick to them.

Ultimately, the book cover size you choose will depend on a variety of factors, such as the audience, genre, place of sale and the publishing budget.

 

Idea #1: Novel Book Cover

This novel book cover template has an elegant, minimalist design with floral motifs.

The stylish font in the center draws attention to the title of the book, and the deep pastel hues give a classic feel to any novel or fiction book.

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Customize this template in Visme using a simple drag-and-drop editor. Type in your own title and author name, and change the colors to fit the theme of your book.

When you’re happy with your book cover, download it in high-quality as a JPG, PNG or PDF file. Then, send it off for printing or use it digitally as an eBook cover.

 

Idea #2: Thriller Book Cover

Make your readers shiver in excitement with this thriller book cover template.

With the bright red font against a bone-chilling stock photo background, this book cover is perfect for all kinds of suspense, mystery, horror and thriller works.

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Customize this template with your own text, fonts, colors and more. You can also switch out the stock photo with another one from our free image library. Or, upload a photo from your computer if you have one ready.

If you don’t like the placement of the text, you can easily drag it anywhere on the canvas. You can also add more text boxes if the existing ones are not enough.

When you’re done, download your book cover as an image or a PDF to send off for printing. Or, use a digital version as a cover for your eBook.

 

Idea #3: Prayer Book Cover

This prayer book cover has an elegant and calming design with floral motifs and light colors.

With its soothing look and feel, this book cover is ideal for all kinds of spiritual, wellness and feminine topics.

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Customize this template with your own colors, text and fonts. You can swap the flower icons for something else, choosing from our large library of free vector icons and shapes.

Or, add an image in the background and reduce the opacity to give a faded effect. The creative possibilities with Visme’s drag-and-drop editor are endless.

Download your finished book cover template in PDF, JPG or PNG format, and send it off for printing. Or, use it as it is for your eBook.

 

Idea #4: Creative Typography Book Cover

If you’re looking for a creative book cover template that’s minimalist and unique, this typography book cover template is a great pick.

You can use this cover for all kinds of genres, from business and self-help books to fiction, non-fiction, contemporary and classic works.

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Customize this template with your own colors, fonts and text. You can also add in images if you don’t like the typography-only style.

Or, tweak the icon to adapt it to your unique book title and theme. When you’re ready, download your template as a PDF, JPG or PNG file.

 

Idea #5: Architecture Book Cover

Make your architecture, real estate or construction book disappear off of the shelves with an eye-catching cover like this one.

This book cover template is modern and sophisticated, and the typography design is sure to make your book stand out among others.

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Customize this template by replacing the text, adding images and graphics, changing colors and fonts, and more. The Visme editor is packed with dozens of editing features to help you create your dream book cover in minutes.

Download the final version as a high-quality image or PDF file. Send it off for printing or use digitally as an eBook cover.

 

Idea #6: Recipe Book Cover

This mouthwatering recipe book cover template will have readers wanting to start cooking international cuisines, even if they haven’t been near a kitchen in a decade.

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Customize this template with your own title, author name, colors and fonts. Drag and drop elements like icons, photos and more to spice up your book cover design.

When you’re done, download your book cover in high-quality as a JPG, PNG or PDF. Send it off to printing or use the digital version as an eBook cover.

 

Idea #7: Autobiography Book Cover

Tell your story to the world and make sure it gets read with an engaging autobiography book cover template like this one.

The handwritten fonts and the bold color scheme make this autobiography book cover template a great fit for personal stories, fiction novels and similar genres.

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Edit this template by changing colors, fonts, text boxes and more. Move around the elements and resize them until you’re completely happy with the design.

Download the final version of your book cover in image or PDF format. Get it printed for a physical book or use the digital file for your eBook.

 

Idea #8: Pizza Cook Book Cover

This pizza cookbook cover template is ideal for recipe books of all kinds.

With a delicious image of a pizza, lots of white space and a bold, eye-catching title, this book cover template is guaranteed to sell itself.

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Customize this template with your own photos, text, colors and fonts. Replace the pizza image with another one by choosing from our free stock library.

When you’re done editing your book cover, download it as an image or a PDF to use it for a physical book or an eBook.

 

Idea #9: Bedtime Story Book Cover

With this attractive, illustrated book cover template, kids will be begging their parents to read them your book to sleep.

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Customize this template with your own colors, fonts and images. Swap the icons with other, relevant options by browsing the built-in icon library, or upload your own.

Download your book cover in JPG, PNG or PDF format, and send it off for printing or use it digitally for your eBook.

 

Idea #10: Crime Book Cover

This crime book cover template screams suspense, mystery and thriller. It’s perfect for attracting readers who are into dark, criminal and murder stories.

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Customize this template with your own text, visuals, colors and fonts. Replace the background, add vector icons from the built-in icon library and much more.

Download your book cover in high-quality image or PDF format, and share it with your printer or use the digital file for your eBook.

 

Idea #11: Fiction Book Cover

This simple and sleek fiction book cover template is so versatile, it can be used for practically any genre, even non-fiction and educational books.

Along with the title and author name, this book cover template also has a text box where you can add an excerpt or review without cluttering up the space.

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Customize this template as much as you want by changing the text, colors, fonts, images and more. Download it as an image or PDF when ready, and send it off for printing.

 

Idea #12: Photo Book Cover

Looking for a nostalgic book cover to add to your photo album? This photo book cover template is just what you’re looking for.

This book cover manages to achieve perfect visual balance of image and text. It can also be used for other purposes and book genres.

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Personalize this template by changing colors, fonts and more in the Visme editor. Swap the images for other, relevant ones, or upload you own.

Download your book cover as a JPG, PNG or PDF file when you’re done, and print it out or use it digitally for your eBook.

 

Idea #13: Romance Book Cover

This romance book cover template is the perfect ornament to add to your love story.

The elegant fonts and deep, mystical colors make for a romantic setting while drawing focus towards the center of attention: the bride.

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Customize this template until you’re 100% satisfied with the result. Change colors, fonts and more in Visme. Tap into free libraries of icons, photos, shapes and more.

 

Idea #14: Love Illustration Book Cover

This illustrated book cover template is girly and fun, and is a perfect fit for romantic comedies and similar genres.

However, you can easily change the colors and style of this book cover template according to your book title and theme.

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Customize this cover by editing each and every detail, from shapes to images to fonts to backgrounds. Upload your own assets to further personalize your book cover.

When you’re done, download it in high-quality PNG or JPG format, or save it as a PDF with bleed marks.

 

Idea #15: Sleek Fashion Book Cover

This magazine-style book cover template is ideal for fashion topics and autobiographies.

If you’re looking for something sleek and sophisticated for your book, and aren’t comfortable with using flashy colors and photos, this template might be a great fit for you.

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Customize this template with your own images, colors and fonts. Choose another fashion image from the stock photo library, or upload your own.

When you’re happy with your book cover, download it in as an image or PDF, and send it off for printing. You can also use the cover digitally for your eBook.

 

Idea #16: Business Book Cover

This business book cover template is a great pick for digital marketing, finance, HR and other business-related topics.

The illustrated style makes this book cover a versatile option. You can also use it to make your self-help and productivity books fly off the shelves.

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You can customize this template easily in the drag-and-drop editor. Change colors and fonts, swap the images for other built-in options, add icons and illustrations, and do much more.

 

Idea #17: Green Cook Book Cover

This green cookbook cover template is great for your recipe books, especially those focused on healthy, organic, vegetarian or plant-based diets.

The flat lay stock photo of vegetables on the cover matches the color scheme perfectly, adding to the appeal of this book cover template.

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Customize this cookbook with your own content and design style. Change the color scheme with a single click, or manually change the color of each element,

Download your cover as an image file when you’re done, or save it as a PDF with bleed marks for printing purposes.

 

Idea #18: Art Book Cover

Looking for a minimalist and artistic cover for your book? This art book cover template is just the perfect amount of modern, minimalist and attractive.

You can use this art book cover to spice up all kinds of works, including fiction and non-fiction novels.

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Start customizing this template right away by adding in your own text content, changing colors and fonts, spicing things up with images and graphics, and more.

When you’re done, download it as an image or PDF, and send off to your printer or use the file as a digital eBook cover.

 

Idea #19: Illustration Book Cover

This bright and colorful book cover template has an illustrated style, and is perfect for children’s books, self-help books and educational books.

You can easily change the silhouette and brain icon to something else that’s more relevant to your book title and theme.

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Customize this template with your own colors and fonts. You can also remove the icons and illustrations and simply add a live action image.

Choose from our stock library or upload your own photos. Download your cover as a JPG, PNG or PDF file when you’re done with the editing.

 

Idea #20: Children’s Book Cover

A children’s book cover should never be boring. And a fun, attractive book cover is exactly what you need to get your book picked up by kids and parents.

The alien icon that’s front and center on this book cover can easily be replaced with an icon of your choice. You can change its colors, resize it and flip it — or replace it completely.

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Personalize this template with your own content and visuals. Add images from our built-in stock library or upload your own photos.

You can also add unique vector icons, illustrations and shapes to enhance your cover design. When you’re done, simply download the file in JPG, PNG or PDF format.

 

Idea #21: Food Book Cover

This food book cover template is a wonderful choice for food, nutrition and recipe books.

The image and colors used in the template make it ideal for healthy, organic and plant-based diet topics, but you can easily change them in the drag-and-drop editor.

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Customize this template with your own color scheme and font selection. You can also replace the background image with another one from our stock library, or upload your own.

Download your cover as a high-quality image or PDF file when you’re done, and then either send it off for printing or use the digital version for your eBook.

 

Idea #22: Inspirational Book Cover

This inspirational book cover template is ideal for productivity, self-help and motivational books.

The fancy font against a dark, minimalist background makes the title of this book stand out and helps the reader understand the book’s theme at a single glance.

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Customize this template by changing colors, fonts, text and visual content. Replace the dark image with a bright one to change the mood of the cover.

When you’re happy with the result, download it instantly as an image or a PDF file, and send it off to your printer.

 

Idea #23: Religious Book Cover

This religious book cover template with a soothing candle photo is perfect for prayer books and other spiritual and wellness topics.

There’s also space for you to add an excerpt or review of your book, without cluttering up the book cover design.

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Edit this template to match the title and theme of your book. Add in your own images, or choose from a library of free stock images from inside the editor.

When you’re done, download this book cover in image or PDF format for print or digital use.

 

Idea #24: Plants Book Cover

Add a beautiful cover to your home design, interior design, gardening and plant care books with this indoor plants book cover template.

This template has a sleek and polished design, with a minimalist photo in the background, a dark overlay and contrasting text on top.

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Customize this template with your own colors and fonts. Swap in the images with your own or choose from our stock library. You can also add icons from inside the editor.

Download your cover in high-quality  image or PDF format, and send it off for printing or use digitally for your eBook.

 

Idea #25: History Book Cover

Even the most boring history topics can come to life with a great book cover design.

Use this history book cover template to make all kinds of topics sound interesting, including those related to architecture, civilizations and more.

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Personalize this cover with your own topic, text and visual content, colors, fonts and other elements. Add, remove, resize and move around objects, and edit every single detail.

Download this template in image or PDF format when you’re done. Then, send it to your printer or use the digital version for your eBook.

 

Idea #26: Travel Book Cover

This simple, illustrated travel book cover template is versatile and can be used for various topics, including city guides, travel tips, history books and more.

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Customize this template with your own text, images, colors and fonts. You can move around elements, resize them, replace them with options from Visme’s built-in libraries and more.

When you’re done customizing, download your book cover as a high-quality image file. Or, save it as a PDF with bleed marks for printing purposes.

 

Idea #27: Baking Book Cover

Add some flavor to your baking, cooking and recipe books with this baking book cover template.

Unlike other book cover templates out there, this template uses a sleek and polished design, which will make your book look professional and modern.

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Edit this template to match your book theme. Change colors, play around with the fonts, and swap images for other, more relevant ones until you’re happy with your cover.

Download the final version as an image or PDF file, and then send it off for printing or use digitally as an eBook cover.

 

Idea #28: Family Recipes Book Cover

Family recipes deserve a warm and cozy book cover; something that reminds readers of festive holidays and colorful ornaments.

With this family recipes book cover template, you can create just the vibe.

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Customize this template with your text and visual content. Replace the icons with other options from the built-in icon library, or upload your own.

You can also add an image in the background and add filters and effects to the image to enhance it. Download your final cover as an image or PDF file.

 

How to Make a Book Cover in 5 Simple Steps

Creating a book cover is easy if you’re using Visme.

Even non-designers can use the drag-and-drop editor like a pro. Plus, there are plenty of templates (like the ones above) to give you a nice head start.

Forget hiring an expensive graphic designer for your next book cover. Here’s how you can do it yourself in 5 simple steps.

Step #1: Choose a Book Cover Template

The first step is to log in to your Visme account — if you don’t already have one, you can create a free account here.

Once you’re inside the dashboard, click on the blue Create New button on the left side of the screen to create a new project.

Select Printables from the drop-down menu, and click on Book Covers to browse through the various book cover templates in Visme.

You can also search for specific templates by entering keywords in the search bar at the top.

The standard book cover size in Visme is 1410 x 2250 pixels, but you can easily change the size once you’re inside the editor.

The book cover templates in Visme are diverse and beautiful, and they’re all fully customizable. When you find one you like, hover on it and click on Edit.

You’ll now enter the drag-and-drop editor, where you can tweak the book cover to your liking.

If you don’t want to move forward with a template, you can also start from scratch. In the templates dashboard, click on Custom Size at the extreme right.

Choose one of the preset sizes or manually enter a custom size to open up a blank canvas.

On to the fun part: customizing your book cover!

 

Step #2: Add Your Text Content

The first thing you need to do when editing your book cover template is to replace the placeholder text content with your own content.

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Start by editing the title of the book, and then change the author name. You can also change any other existing text on the book cover template, such as “New York Times bestseller” at the top.

If you want to add more text, you can easily duplicate text boxes or add pre-designed text blocks. Move around the text until you’re completely happy with the placement.

Now, let’s move on to the next step: adding visuals.

 

Step #3: Add Images and Graphics

Using the right imagery in your book cover is very important. It can mean the difference between your book flying off the shelves and playing with dust bunnies.

You can access millions of free stock images inside the Visme editor to add to your book cover. Just head over to the Photos tab on your left, and find relevant images using the search bar.

You can also upload your own images and graphics if you have any. Make sure you choose photos that align with your book’s theme and clearly communicate what the book is about.

Don’t want to use images? Use icons instead!

Here’s an example of a book cover template that uses icons.

You can easily add more icons or replace the existing ones by choosing from the options in Visme’s icon library.

Click on the Graphics tab and then select Icons to open up the icon library. Search for specific keywords to find relevant icons, or scroll through the options manually.

You can also add shapes to your book cover for a more creative design, or just to make the text stand out against a solid background.

Here’s an example of a book cover design that uses shapes.

Now that you’re done adding text and visual content to your book cover, it’s time to play around with the overall style.

 

Step #4: Change Colors and Fonts

If you’re not satisfied with the template colors, you can easily change them with a few clicks.

If you want to manually change the colors of individual objects and text, you can do so using the color picker that appears at the top when you select any element.

Or, here’s a cool hack: you can change the entire color scheme of your book cover in a single click with Visme’s built-in preset color themes!

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Try to create contrast between the foreground and the background to make your book cover stand out. Avoid using dark on dark, or light on light.

If you’re placing text over a busy image, make sure you add a color overlay on top of your image to make the text pop. Again, you can easily do so in Visme using the editing toolbar.

When you’re done changing the colors, it’s time to change the fonts. There are dozens of premium fonts in Visme that are guaranteed to make your book cover look professional.

If you’re going for a literary vibe, consider using a Serif or Script font. For a modern, contemporary look, you’re better off with a Sans Serif font.

Browse through the options and keep experimenting until you find a font pairing that works.

You can also upload your own fonts in Visme if you’re unable to find one that works for you in the built-in font library.

 

Step #5: Download Your Book Cover

Finally, download your book cover to your computer by clicking on the Download button at the top right of the Visme editor.

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You’ll have several options in front of you; JPG, PNG, PDF and HTML5.

Choose the format that suits you best, and then send it off for printing for a physical book. Or, use the digital version as a cover for your eBook.

That’s it! You’re done creating your book cover.

 

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    About the Author

    Mahnoor Sheikh is the content marketing manager at Visme. She has years of experience in content strategy and execution, SEO copywriting and graphic design. She is also the founder of MASH Content and is passionate about tea, kittens and traveling with her husband. Get in touch with her on LinkedIn.

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