Use Adobe InDesign to create a bold cover for your eBook that looks good at full size and as a thumbnail in an eBook storefront.

Man holding tablet displaying cover for rock band’s eBook. The cover has a black bird, pink sphere, and black background.

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With a frame selected, click Import File in the Properties panel and place an image. If your art needs to be resized or has a different size ratio, try clicking one of the Frame Fitting options in the Properties panel for a custom fit.

The frame is selected and black bird image is imported. The background is black and the bottom left corner is pink.

We tried out a few fitting options, including Content Aware Fit, which uses artificial intelligence to recognize the subject and compose the art in the frame.

Content Aware Fit uses artificial intelligence to compose art to fit the frame. Black and pink artwork fills the frame.

Add text in frames and format it. Use larger font sizes and readable typefaces so important text is legible even at thumbnail size.

After you get the basics down, amplify the title with a special effect to make it stand out. We experimented with blending modes accessed through the Opacity section in the Properties panel.

“Emerge” text is added in a large font size to ensure readability at a thumbnail size. Text blending modes are adjusted.

Get more engagement for your eBook by linking to other pages or sites right from the cover. You can link to another page in your eBook; send readers to an external site such as a blog, social post, or website; or even open an email app. To create a hyperlink, select an object on the page, and then right-click and choose Hyperlinks > New Hyperlink.

A gray bird outline is added to the upper left corner and hyperlinked through the Hyperlink > New Hyperlink menu.

With your eBook pages and cover ready, choose from several formats such as Interactive PDF, Publish Online, and Fixed-Layout ePUB — and publish directly from InDesign.

Finished eBook cover features a black bird with pink and black background, hyperlinked bird in corner, and the book title.

When it comes to making eBooks, interesting layouts, attractive art, beautiful typography, and a small dose of interactivity can make your eBook informative and fun to read.


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