Non-fiction book cover design service

Compared to other genres, the cover of a non-fiction book needs to be no-nonsense.

The great non-fiction book cover design clearly shows what the book is about – while still using best practices for book cover design in general, such as a fitting font and an overall visual appeal.

Having designed covers for over 20 non-fiction authors, we have the experience and know-how to help your sales through a cover that attracts readers and make them buy.

Check out our portfolio and convenient process – and then schedule a free consultation to discuss your thoughts about your non-fiction book cover.

* 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.

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Non-fiction book cover designs

Below, you find a series of non-fiction book covers – all manually designed (with no AI assistance) by our designers for other no-fiction authors.

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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 non-fiction book cover design?

A good non fiction book cover should have a professional tone (conveyed using the right color pallet) with sans-serif fonts. You can add bright eye-catching colors as well while sticking to the overall professional tone of the cover. The imagery depends on the contents of your book but illustrations are more suited for this genre.

Can you do a consistent theme for my non fiction series ?

Yes! We can come up with a consistent theme for your non-fiction book series. The trick is to customize each cover while keeping some elements similar in the complete series.

Can you help me with editing and formatting my non fiction book ?

Yes! We can help you with editing and formatting your book.  The cost will depend on complexity and number of pages. To get a quote, you can book a free, non-committing video consultation.

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 Non-fiction Book Cover Design

Non fiction book covers focus to provide clarity and information directly using simple and clean designs.

Books are more than just words on a page. They are sources of knowledge, insight, and inspiration.
Non-fiction books are not just stories of facts and figures. They are stories of ideas, experiences, and perspectives.

Non-fiction book cover design is an art that requires understanding the genre’s conventions.

Non-fiction book covers can be easily identified by their specific elements. Generally, they have professional images, neutral colors, and clear titles.

The goal is to inform the reader and convey the value of the book

Common design elements of a Non-fiction book cover

Non-fiction book covers are characterized by their professional image style and incorporation of non-fiction elements. We often see elements that help create a visual impact.

They contain people, objects, charts, and graphs. Textured backgrounds also play an essential role in creating a sense of depth and realism.

Another common sight in non-fiction book cover design is conceptual objects. You can use different objects from your book or your theme to give added meaning to your cover.

Let’s understand the genre practices of non-fiction book covers by analyzing each part.
Here is what we will discuss:
1. Typography
2. Colors
3. Graphics


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

We can opt for fonts that match the topic and the tone of the book. E.g., a modern font for a business or technology book, or a classic font for a history or biography book.

Conventionally, the titles of non-fiction book covers are simple and powerful. Sans serif and slab serif 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 scientific or academic topic, and you use a decorative ornate font like Script or Blackletter, 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 non-fiction 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, negative space, and/or overlays. 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 non-fiction book cover design will always depend on your image and your style.

Consider the genre, the topic, the mood, and the audience before deciding your color palette.

If the book is about a positive or inspiring topic, you should opt for a bright color palette. However, if the book is about a negative or serious topic, 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 balance.

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

Neutral and pastel colors are suitable to represent professionalism, calmness, or elegance.

Bright and bold colors help to convey energy, emotion, or uniqueness.

When designing a non-fiction book cover, it is essential to balance two things: impressing the reader and conveying the mood.

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


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

If your book is about a specific industry or case study, choose images with relevant and authentic details; for a more general or abstract book, look more towards images with minimal or symbolic 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.

Non-fiction book covers have various design styles, but the most common feature is their professional and realistic appearance compared to fiction and other genres. A good non-fiction book cover should highlight the image and the message of the book.

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

What do you get in an Non-fiction book cover design package?

The cover can hugely impact your sales of any book – and this is especially true when it comes to non-fiction.

Whether conscious or unconscious, readers are inclined to equal a low-quality cover with a low-quality book.

Non-fiction 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 non-fiction genre, since following those will make non-fiction 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 non-fiction book cover design ready to be appreciated 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?

Are you an author or publisher of a nonfiction book? Do you want your book to stand out in a sea of titles and capture the attention of potential readers? The cover design of your book plays a crucial role in attracting readers and conveying the essence of your work. At BookCoverHub, we specialize in designing nonfiction book covers that effectively communicate your book’s message and connect with your target audience.

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.