Ebook Covers New Smashwords Standards

Smashwords will soon require ebook covers to have a minimum length of 1,400 pixels and a recommended width of 1,600 pixels with a recommended height of 2,400 pixels. Why? Couple of reasons: Apple’s bumping their previous minimum from 600 to 1,400 to display covers better on those lovely iPad screens, and because there seems to be a magic formula for hot sellers in the 2-3 ratio of width to height as in a 6×9 book.

If you’re already selling ebooks in Apple via Smashwords, have no fear—no change needed even if yours has less than 1,400 pixels. It’s only for new ebooks or authors who make updates to their ebooks where the needed length will come into play for Premium Status and distribution to those coveted retailers.

Read all about it from Mark Coker, the CEO of Smashwords in his blog below.

New Ebook Cover Image Requirements Coming to Satisfy Higher Resolution E-Reading Devices

Heads up.  Effective on or about July 15, Smashwords will begin requiring higher pixel counts on ebook cover images. Why the change?  Starting in August, Apple will require that all new ebook cover images be at least 1,400 pixels wide.  Their previous minimum was 600 pixels. Since Smashwords requires vertical rectangle (height greater than width) images, a new recommended ebook cover might be around 1,600 pixels wide by 2,400 pixels tall.  Why 2,400?  2,400 is 1.5 times 1,600. (…keep reading)

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4 Responses to “Ebook Covers New Smashwords Standards”

  1. Samantha Fury Says:

    Great advice. I’ll have to double check mine to see if they’re the right size. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I was wondering if any of your books covered in detail how to make a great book cover from image sizes to fonts.
    Samantha Fury

    • Jason Matthews Says:

      Most of what I mention is that Barnes & Noble currently has a maximum length for covers to be 2000 pixels. Since that would translate to a width of 1333 pixels, it will be necessary to have separate covers for Smashwords and a direct upload to Barnes & Noble via Pubit. Although, if you distribute to B & N through Smashwords, Mark Coker says there is no problems with doing that even if your Smashwords book has a height over 2000 pixels.

  2. ebookindiecovers Says:


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