A book cover is like the icing on a cake.
Just like icing enticing and drawing people to a cake, making them wonder about the glorious delights that lie underneath, a book cover needs to be eye catching and give an illustrative snippet of what readers can expect to find inside.
If you’re looking for a professional to design the best cover for your book, one of these 21 top book cover designers in the UK may be able to help.
Can you ever go wrong with an artist who has worked for the Royal Family and prestigious publishing houses like Penguin, Orion Group and Puffin? Well, this is exactly what gives designer Patrick Knowles, an extra edge over his contemporaries. Hailing from Brighton, Knowles formed his very own design studio in 2007. Since then, he has worked as a book cover designer, illustrator and calligraphy artist for a diverse range of projects. Some of his best cover designs are for children’s fiction, English classics, mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction and biographies. Knowles is best known for his beautiful illustrations and inherently creative designs. While you can always get in touch with him for advertising and graphic design projects, Knowles only designs book covers for print publications. Email him here, to know more about his services.
Kit Foster Design was launched in 2011 as an independent venture of award winning graphic designer Kit Foster. His Edinburgh based graphic design studio soon gained some momentum, and he has already produced almost 1200 book covers. Kit has designed print and ebook covers for both publishing houses and independent publishers. He specializes in almost all the top genres like adventure, fantasy, horror, literary fiction, mystery, science fiction, self-help and thrillers. As of now, Kit charges £140 for ebooks, and £180 for paperback editions. You can get in touch with him here to provide a brief.
3. Book Beaver
Established around 5 years back, Book Beaver is a graphic design studio that tailors professional book covers for budding authors, self-publishing enthusiasts and new novelists. Whether its non-fiction, coffee-table books, self-help books, adventure, biographies, thrillers or mysteries- this studio, designs book covers for almost every possible genre. The platform was designed to help new authors who are just getting started in the publishing industry, and going by the testimonials, they’ve definitely succeeded in their goal. Currently, Book Beaver charges £120 for a basic ebook cover, £180 for ebook covers with unlimited design options and £180 for a full package of print and ebook covers. Drop them a mail here to get an estimate according to your requirements.
Leo Nickolls is an independent book cover designer who came up with his very own studio called Leo Nickolls LTD. Launched in the year 2007; this Norwich based studio features some of his best, award winning works (both in print and e-book). Nickolls is a man of extraordinary talents and his clients love him for his beautiful, sublime illustrations. Since the last ten years, Nickolls has worked on a wide range of projects covering different genres and technicalities. Some of his best covers fall under fiction, mystery, children’s books, horror and coffee-table books. Write to him here for a free consultation about your book cover.
Founded in rural Leicestershire in 2012, Indie-Go is a full-service design agency that tailors the perfect design for self-publishing projects. The company has collaborated with some of the biggest independent publishers in UK and you can always count on them for unique, edgy and stylish designs (both in print and ebook). Indie-Go was created to help independent authors achieve their ‘much coveted’ goal of publishing a compelling, creatively designed book. Over the last six years, they have designed book covers for several biographies, motivational/self-help books and coffee table books. Although they can design covers for any genre, the company primarily specializes in non-fiction and self-help books. Cover design services at Indie-go starts from £100. Get a free estimate of their cover designs here.
6. Alex Robbins
Alex Robbins is a Bristol based graphic designer who comes with almost 7 years of experience in designing book covers. Creative to the core, he holds a degree from the prestigious Camberwell College of Arts. Robbins is best known for his minimalist, quirky and innovative approach to book cover designing, and he has designed covers for leading publishing houses/magazines like Penguin, New York Times, Wired, Stussy and The New Yorker. Although he has worked on quite a few genres, creating covers for novels, self-help books and motivational guides is his forte. Consult him here for a free quote.
If you’re an indie author looking for beautiful book covers, Dissect Designs can be your go-to option. Launched by graphic designer Tim Barbera, this Aldershot based design studio tailors excellent book covers at reasonable prices. Tim has more than six years of experience in designing book covers and he has probably worked with every kind of book you could ever think of. From weight loss cookbooks to fantasy novels; sci-fi novels to quintessential boy-meets-girl romance- there’s hardly any genre he hasn’t touched. Tim offers services for both full-print and ebook editions. They charge £145 for ebooks and £199 for print publications. You can also add £40, in case you want an audio book cover. Dissect designs can be reached out here.
Ccovers is yet another independent venture owned by talented graphic designer Kenny Dawson. Based out of Slough, UK, he comes with more than 13 years of experience in designing book covers. So whether it’s a hardback, ebook or a paperback cover- Kenny can help you with all of it. He is best known for his clean typesetting and classic designs, each of which designed with Adobe InDesign. As of now, Ccovers has designed book covers for self-help, adventure, thriller, horror, sci-fi and romance novels. Ebook cover designs at Ccovers start from £80. In case you’re looking to find out more, contact Kenny here for a quick cover brief.
Launched by freelancer Jacqueline Abromeit, Good Cover Design is an excellent platform for indie authors who are looking for unique cover designs at an affordable price. Having almost 17 years of experience in graphic design, Abromeit has designed print and ebook covers for several genres like fantasy, mystery, thrillers, self-help, educational and science fiction. She can also customize the cover according to your preference. So whether you have an idea about the kind of cover you’re looking for, or are absolutely clueless about getting started- Abromeit will definitely help you with it! Basic ebook covers at Good Cover Design start from £99 and the print covers can be availed at £299. Visit this page to find more details about her services.
Jem Butcher Design was established in the year 2008 when graphic designer Jem Butcher wanted a new platform for his freelance projects. Butcher hails from Nottingham and he holds a graduate degree in graphic design. Throughout his career, he has worked with leading publishing houses like Longman, 10. Random House and Transworld. Each of these platforms, have lauded his work and when you see his covers, you’ll know why they’re so impressed. His book cover platform specializes in sci-fi, movie-books, horror, thrillers, self-help and coffee-table books. You can email Jem here for a free quote.
UK Book Publishing is a small team of dedicated professionals, driven to make things simpler for independent publishers. This Tyneside based studio was developed in 2012 under the collective efforts of Dan Brady, Judith Barker, Jay Thompson and Ruth Lunn. Although the company specializes in publishing indie books, they’re also pretty popular for their beautiful cover designs. Coffee-table books, motivational books, scientific resource texts, mystery novels, action-packed thrillers and romantic fiction are just some of genres they specialize in. UK Book Publishing charges £350+vat to design, format and publish your ebooks. You can always contact them here to know more about their services.
Mark Thomas is a supremely talented graphic designer who loves experimenting with fonts, photographs and illustrations. Over the last 11 years, he served as a long-term leader for many prestigious creative agencies. But while Thomas loved his work, he wanted to come up with something new, and that is exactly why he formed ‘Coverness’ in late 2016. Nestled in a small suburb of Wales, this graphic design studio is a blessing for any indie writer who’s looking for someone with solid experience and a strong sense of creativity. From coffee-table books, self-help books, biographies, mystery or sci-fi- you’ll find beautiful, bespoke cover designs for every possible genre in Coverness. Ebook cover design at this company is priced at £320. Fill out their contact form to discuss about your project with Mark.
Publish Nation was created with the collective effort of David and Gwen Morrison. Based in London, this platform is famous for it’s stylish, minimalist cover designs for both print and ebook publications. This London based company has several years of experience in designing beautiful book covers for almost every possible genre, including; romantic fiction, sci-fi, adventure, thriller, mystery, and self-help texts. Once you sign up for their services, you can be completely assured of top-notch, professional quality book covers. In addition to cover design, PublishNation can also help you with publishing and marketing your very first book. Ebook covers at Publish Nation start at £40. Send them a message here for a complete insight of their services.
SpiffingCovers is a full-service graphic design company that offers a wide range of services pertaining to self-publication. With over 25 years of experience in designing book covers, this Colchester based company specializes in designing stylish, attractive ebook covers for many different genres. From cookbooks, self-help books, mystery, thrillers, romantic fiction and even science fiction- SpiffingCovers comes with some extensive experience in designing, marketing and distributing indie books. Drop them a mail here for a free quote.
If you’re an indie author, looking to make a lasting impact on your readers- Book Cover By Design is just the right platform for you. Launched by Kellie Dennis in 2017, this Essex based studio is a one-stop solution to your self-publishing needs. On visiting her website, you’ll get a chance to pick from both customized and pre-made covers for your ebooks. While Dennis has worked on quite a few genres, her best covers fall under romantic fiction. She can also help you with 3D cover mocks, audio books and banners. Kellie will get back to you within 72 hours, once you fill out her order form.
An independent designer based in Lancashire, Katie Birks specializes in artwork and graphic design for both ebooks and print publications. Birks dabbled in her very first book cover almost six years back, and since then, there has been no looking back in her career. Owing to her overwhelming popularity she decided to launch her very own studio, Katie Birks Design, in 2016. While you’ll find a couple of non-fiction covers credited to her name, Birks specializes in designing bespoke, professional covers for mystery and thrillers. Email Katie here to get your free quote.
17. Creative Beast
In 2005, Stuart McDowell launched Creative Beast to deliver stylish and intuitive cover designs for leading publishing houses and indie-writers. This Northampton based design agency comes with a growing team of talented illustrators, and within just two decades, they’ve established themselves as one of the leading graphic studios of UK. The company has worked on e-book and print covers for children’s books, motivational books, thrillers, coffee-table books and science fiction. Consult them here for a free cover brief.
Eight years back, graphic designer John Chandler launched a small studio to support new age writers. What started out as an independent venture; soon turned out to be one of the biggest graphic design studios in Norfolk. Since the last couple of years, Chandler Book Design has designed covers for business books, children’s books, historical fiction, biographies and novels. Their covers capture the true essence of the text and render a much needed vision to the book. In addition to designing your book covers, the company can also help you with typesetting and marketing your ebook. Find out more about their services here.
19. Book Webs
Book Webs is a London based graphic design studio that offers design and marketing services to budding writers. Formed by Liz Wilkinson in 2006, the studio specializes in professional covers for historical fiction, mystery, thriller and horror novels. Authors love the platform for its minimalist, uncluttered eBook cover designs that are perfectly tailored according to their needs. And that’s not all! The company also offers a host of other services like web design, logo design, marketing and branding. eBook covers at Book Webs start from £60 and can range up to £150. You can get in touch with Liz here.
Latte and Melanie Goldstein formed River Design Studio almost 24 years back to provide professional cover design solutions to new age authors. Based in Scotland, the company excels in designing creative covers with a hint of minimalism. While they’ve worked on commercial projects for several genres, River Design specializes in book covers for educational texts, self-help guidelines and coffee table books. They’ve made covers both for print publications and ebooks, and you can also consult them for infographics, web design and ebook marketing. Reach out to the studio by sending a message on this page.
21. Sam Wall
Freelance graphic designer Sam Wall is a great choice for writers who are looking for cover designs from an independent book designer instead of a company. Sam gives personal attention to each of his projects, and over the last 7 years, he has designed book covers on Kindle, ebooks, paperbacks, hardcovers, Nook, Kobo and many other platforms. While Sam has worked on different kinds of projects, his book covers for thrillers and mystery novels truly stand out. Contact him on this page to find more details about his services.
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