Book Cover Designs: Genre Directory

All the book cover genres in handy-to-browse listings.


Non-Fiction Genre


Non-fiction encompasses texts based on facts, real events, and real people. This genre includes autobiographies, memoirs, essays, travel writing, journalism, and self-help books. Non-fiction aims to inform, educate, or entertain by providing insights into the real world, often exploring a specific focus or theme in depth.

Cover Design Considerations for Non-Fiction Books:


  1. Relevant Visuals: Select images directly related to the book’s theme or subject matter, providing an immediate understanding of the book’s content.
  2. Author's Portrait: For autobiographies, memoirs, or books by well-known personalities, consider featuring a portrait of the author.
  3. Infographics & Icons: Infographics or icons can effectively convey the purpose and content of educational or instructional books.


  1. Clear and Legible Fonts: Use fonts that are easily readable to effectively communicate information.
  2. Hierarchy: Establish a clear hierarchy between the title, subtitle, and author’s name to guide the reader’s eye and provide essential information quickly.

Color Scheme:

  1. Theme-Consistent Colors: Choose colors that align with the book’s theme or subject matter, supporting rather than distracting from the content.
  2. Contrasting Colors: Implement contrasting colors to make the text stand out against the background, ensuring visibility of the title and author’s name.


  1. Balanced Layout: Craft a visually balanced and aesthetically pleasing layout, engaging without overwhelming.
  2. Focal Point: Design with a clear focal point to draw reader’s attention, whether it’s a striking image, the title, or another significant element.

A successful non-fiction cover should visually align with the book’s subject and theme, providing a clear indication of the content within. The design should be clean and straightforward, with legibility and relevance taking priority over decorative elements. A thoughtful and organized cover design can effectively attract and engage the target audience, serving as a visual introduction to the insights and information within.

Pre-made covers in this genre