Cover design service for historical books

The number 1 reason many historical books gather dust on the shelves:

The cover design simply isn’t cutting it.

For historical books, the cover design process should do more than follow best practices for book cover design in general – they need to communicate the appropriate period of history your book covers.

Do what 20+ authors of historical books have done before you: Buy your cover design from BookCoverHub!

* According to this source, 81.6% of readers gain interest in a book due to the cover, and 79.0% make a buying decision based solely on the visual appearance of the cover.

Historical book cover designs

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Easy 5 step Process

See how we design the perfect cover for your book together – in 5 easy steps.

Free Consultation

You tell us about you, your book and your visions on a video call.


You receive the first version of your cover within 2 work days.


You point out any and all changes on a video call

Further Revisions

If needed, we repeat steps 2 and 3 until you’re 100% satisfied.


You receive the book cover of your dreams.

Free Consultation

You tell us about you, your book and your visions on a video call.


You receive the first version of your cover within 2 work days.


You point out any and all changes on a video call

Further Revisions

If needed, we repeat steps 2 and 3 until you’re 100% satisfied.


You receive the book cover of your dreams.

2 Affordable PACKAGES

Choose between full book cover design and e-book only.


Everything you need for a full book cover
$ 199 One time fee
  • 100% human - 0% AI
  • Design of front cover, back cover and spine
  • Hardback, paperback, audio book cover and e-book versions
  • Unlimited revisions
  • All source files and copyrights
  • 14 days delivery


Everything you need for an e-book
$ 99 One time fee
  • 100% human - 0% AI
  • Design of front cover only
  • E-book version only
  • Unlimited revisions
  • All source files and copyrights
  • 7 days delivery

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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a good historical book cover design?

A good historical book cover will use the fonts that are accurate for the time period. Using a serif-font is generally considered a good idea. You can also blend in old paper textures with imagery to give a more authentic look to the cover. The imagery chosen is also dependent on the era your book is about and usually dull faded colors best represent this genre.

Is it possible to incorporate feedback from beta readers into the cover design?

Yes! It always helps to get the feedback from your target audience to produce an amazing cover. At BCH you get unlimited revisions with each order to ensure you get the perfect book cover every time!

Can you help me draw maps and interior illustrations for my historical book cover?

Yes! We can help you with all types of illustrations.  The cost will depend on the complexity of illustrations and number of pages you need illustrated. Read more here.

Free Video Consultation

Schedule a FREE 30 minute consultation to ask any questions you might have, and tell us about your visions for your book cover.

Founder and Lead designer of Book Cover Hub. Syed Abdullah Bukhari

Abdullah Bukhari

Founder and lead designer

With more than 6,000 book covers designed over the past 8 years, I have extensive experience working with authors to craft their perfect cover design.

Maybe you know exactly what you want on your cover. Maybe you only have a few vague ideas. In either case, we work together in order to create a visual concept that makes your book stand out from other titles.

Schedule your free consultation now - I'm looking forward to hearing about your book!

What is a Historical Book Cover Design

A historical book cover design represents a design for a specific time period in history. It covers both fiction and non – fiction.

Historical books are a fascinating and diverse genre, covering a wide range of topics, periods, and perspectives. Whether you write historical fiction or historical non-fiction, you have the power to transport your readers to a different time and place, and to share your passion and knowledge with them.

But writing a historical book is only half the battle. You also need to market your book effectively, and that starts with having a great cover. A cover is the first thing that potential readers see, and it can make a huge difference in their decision to buy or not buy your book. A good cover should not only be eye-catching and appealing, but also accurate and relevant to your book’s content, genre, and tone.

However, designing a historical book cover is not a simple task. It requires a lot of research, creativity, and skill. You need to find the right images, fonts, colors, and layout that suit your book’s historical period, setting, theme, and style. You also need to consider the expectations and preferences of your target audience, and the trends and standards of the historical genre and the market.

Common design elements of a Historical book cover

Books are more than just words on a page. They are windows into the past, present, and future.

Historical books are not just stories of facts and dates. They are stories of people, places, and events.

Historical book cover design is an art that requires understanding the genre’s conventions.

Historical book covers can be easily identified by their specific elements. Generally, they have realistic images, classic fonts, and descriptive titles.

The goal is to transport the reader and convey the period of the book.
Here is what we will discuss:
1. Typography
2. Colors
3. Graphics
Let’s understand the genre practices of historical book covers by analyzing each part.


We have a lot of creative freedom when it comes to the typography for a historical book cover.

We can opt for fonts that match the era and the mood of the book. E.g., a serif font for a Victorian or Regency book, or a sans serif font for a World War or Cold War book.

Conventionally, the titles of historical book covers are descriptive and elegant. Serif and script fonts are often preferred over other font types.

The tricky part is choosing a font that matches the image and the audience.

For instance, if you are designing the cover of a book about a medieval or Renaissance story, and you use a modern or futuristic font like Futura or Matrix, it simply won’t match the image or the audience.

If you are confused about what works best, a good thing to try is to find books in similar sub-genres of historical and use a font that matches that design style.

No matter the font chosen, your title should clearly stand out from the rest of the design.

In order to make the title stand out, you can use contrasting colors, outlines, and/or drop shadows. A solid or gradient background behind the title can enhance its readability.

The primary purpose of the subtitle is to give you more information about the book. By choosing a simpler font, you can increase its legibility. For the author’s name, best practice is using the same font as the title or the subtitle: Choosing a third font is usually not a good idea.

You can add a solid or gradient background behind your subtitle to improve readability. You typically want to choose a smaller size and a simpler font for the subtitle, while making sure it’s easy to read.


Choosing colors for your historical book cover design will always depend on your image and your style.

Consider the era, the theme, the mood, and the audience before deciding your color palette.

If the book is about a bright or cheerful story, you should opt for a bright color palette. However, if the book is about a dark or gloomy story, dark colors are the way to go – you get the idea.

The trick is not as much choosing the right color, but rather the right color harmony.

A single color on its own doesn’t have much appeal. However, when colors are combined, they have a huge impact:

Analogous and monochromatic colors are suitable to represent harmony, calmness, or simplicity.

Complementary and triadic colors help to convey contrast, balance, or drama.

When designing a historical book cover, it is essential to balance two things: transporting the reader and conveying the mood.

Saturated and vivid colors can add a sense of impact and emotion, while desaturated and dull colors often add a touch of subtlety and realism to the design.


Understanding how to use the correct image style is the most crucial part of any historical book cover design.

If your book is about a specific person or event, choose images with high-quality and authentic details; for a more general or fictional book, look more towards images with low-quality or abstract details.

Your book also plays a crucial part in selecting the right image style: Always make sure your chosen image is relevant, appealing, and meaningful.

Historical book covers have various design styles, but the most common feature is their realistic and periodical appearance compared to fiction and other genres. A good historical book cover should highlight the image and the period of the book.

When selecting images, take your audience into consideration. For instance, the US market for historical book covers conventionally rewards having a close-up shot of the main character or the object on the front of the book, while readers in the UK tend to prefer wider shots with more background and context on their book covers in the historical genre.

Historical book covers are characterized by their realistic image style and incorporation of historical elements. We often see elements that help create a visual impact.

They contain people, objects, scenes, and symbols. Sepia and vintage also play an essential role in creating a sense of nostalgia and authenticity.

Another common sight in historical book cover design is thematic objects. You can use different objects from your book or your theme to give added meaning to your cover.

What do you get in an Historical book cover design package?

Historical book covers can never be designed by a one-size-fits-all approach as every book is unique and has many variables.

You should always try to bring your fresh perspective and ideas to your design to make your book stand out – while following the conventions set by the historical genre, since following those will make historical book lovers instantly recognize your book as relevant to them.

By combining the right fonts, correct colors, image style, and the feedback from your readers, you can have a timeless historical book cover design ready to be admired by future generations!
Here at book cover hub we start from initial ideas (concept development) to a final product that perfectly captures your book’s essence. Through exploration of color, form, and typography, the designer will craft a cover that evokes the mood and emotion of your story. With unlimited free revisions and 100% Money-Back guarantee all files are delivered in high-quality ready for printing. Checkout our packages section for more details.

Why Choose Book Cover Hub?

We have a team of talented and experienced designers who can create stunning covers for your historical books, no matter what subgenre, format, or length they are.

We have worked with hundreds of authors and publishers, and we have designed covers for all kinds of historical books, from ancient to modern, from Europe to Asia, from America to Africa. We have also worked with all kinds of historical themes, from war to peace, from religion to politics, from culture to science. We have created covers that reflect the historical accuracy, the genre conventions, and the unique style of each book.

What you can expect from us

When you choose us as your historical book cover design service, you can expect the following:

A unique and exclusive cover that matches your book’s historical identity and uniqueness

A professional and experienced designer who understands the historical genre and the market

A fast and easy process that saves you time and hassle

A high-quality and affordable service that fits your budget

A friendly and supportive team that listens to your feedback and respects your vision

You should work with BCH simply because it’s a smart choice! With our vast experience of over 6,000 book covers, skills, solid team, and stellar portfolio, you get to enjoy quick delivery, unlimited free revisions and a solid customer support.