I read an article today called Common Book Cover Mistakes Made by Indie Authors and this reminded me about my own experiences when i was looking for Kindle covers for my own book(s) (click here to read this post).

Now, I do agree with the points she makes, but would just like to add another point of my own which has to do with the technical aspect of ordering covers.
I will openly admit that all my book covers to date have been done on Fiverr…this goes directly against what the article author is saying, but given finances and so on (whether right or wrong), I’ve sourced and hired an illustrator/designer there.
I will add that none of my books actually are using covers that cost just $5, they actually cost many times more, but I’ve never gone to the expense of paying the hundreds of $$$ that Eleanor Bennett refers to. Whether it’s just me, I don’t know, but it’s Kindle Covers, right?
But, to be fair, my understanding (and guess) is, most folks will view them in either a similar, or the same way. I might be wrong, but that’s the feeling I get.

Kindle Covers on Fiverr

However, if you have any Kindle publishing guides, books, or reports (or have access to them), then the vast majority will tell you what you need to get in terms of ordering your kindle covers. Indeed, when you go to Fiverr and search for Kindle Covers, you will get more search results and designers than you can shake a glossy-red, hardened paint-brush at.
Click on any of them, and they’ll sell you exactly what you ask for…
…a Kindle cover.
Yes, I know this is what you’re looking for and want…
..but if you ask for a Kindle cover, you’ll end up with exactly what you ask for…
…at 72 dpi.
Again, this is great for Kindle: it keeps the file size down, can be viewed on all devices that are built to make 72 dpi look okay…
…but, that’s all it’s good for.
(And if that’s all you want, then fine).
But my advice is to think a little further down the line…

Kindle Cover to Print Cover

You see, if at a later stage you decide you do want a print version of that Kindle book, then your 72 dpi Kindle cover image isn’t going to be much good to you…
You need 300 dpi – 72 dpi just ain’t going to cut it.
(A note here is CreateSpace will still allow you to go ahead and publish with it, but your readers won’t thank you for it – it will look crappy.)
And, unless you’re a PhotoShop expert with hours to spare, you’ll never be able to upscale a 72 dpi image to a 300 dpi image without a lot of hard work and frustration.
Yet 300 dpi down to 72 dpi is simple.
And changing the image size and resolution is simple to do in paint (if that’s all you have).
So, when you’re ordering on Fiverr, my advice is to always ask for your Kindle cover in 300 dpi.

Kindle Book Delivery Costs

It will cost you the same (it should do); it will need to be downsized for your Kindle book as you pay for the file size of your book as part of Kindle’s distribution costs (check out Kindle’s Delivery Costs here –¬†item c) it’s currently US $0.15/MB; it will give you more scope for the future; and, it will avoid you having to pay twice.
(Note: if you have no idea what the trim size of your book would be, just tell your designer your book is 8.5″ x 11″ – it’s the largest CreateSpace size. Then your present Kindle cover and your future print cover are both…covered!)
Check out the below video:

The above video is one of the videos from my Working With Word Images video training course, click here for more information.