Public Domain eBook Covers

Logo of a crossed-out copyright symbol

I often volunteer to make covers for LibriVox. That’s how I realized that there are many books whose text is in the public domain, but which have no public domain cover art.

And so I began making public domain covers for regular, non-audiobooks, too.

You can use these covers for any purpose — you don’t need my permission. You don’t even need to attribute me, although I’d certainly appreciate it if you did.

These images are in the public domain in the United States. Some of them may or may not be under copyright in other jurisdictions.

Lafcadio Hearn — Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things

Lanterns adrift on a river, with the title and author listed in the foreground

Download cover (624kB JPEG; 1240x1754 pixels; 300dpi; A5 size)

Project Gutenberg eText of Kwaidan

This cover makes use of the 1899 illustration “The Lights of the Dead” by Lafcadio Hearn (d. 1904). Its copyright is expired in the United States as it was published before 1923, and the author died over 100 years ago. It may still be under copyright in other jurisdictions; please be sure of the laws where you live before downloading or using this file.

I also made a matching cover (443kB JPEG; 1200x1200; 300dpi) for the LibriVox audiobook of Kwaidan.

This cover is in the public domain.

Herman Melville — Moby Dick; Or, the Whale

A whaling ship at sea, with the title and author listed in the foreground

Download cover (1.4MB JPEG; 1240x1754 pixels; 300dpi; A5 size)

Project Gutenberg eText of Moby Dick

This cover makes use of the 1911 photograph “A voyage to the arctic in the whaler Aurora”. Its copyright is expired the United States as it was published before 1923. It may still be under copyright in other jurisdictions; please be sure of the laws where you live before downloading or using this file.

This cover is in the public domain.

Natsume Sōseki — I am a Cat / 夏目漱石 — 吾輩は猫である

A cat studies the viewer, with the title and author listed in the foreground in English A cat studies the viewer, with the title and author listed in the foreground in Japanese

Download cover in English (403kB JPEG; 1240x1754 pixels; 300dpi; A5 size) | 日本語の表紙をダウンロード (427.4kB JPEG; 1240x1754 pixels; 300dpi; A5 size)

Public domain English translation forthcoming | 青空文庫の「吾輩は猫である」ページ

This cover makes use of a photo published in 2005 by Nate Steiner (released into the public domain).

This cover is in the public domain.

LibriVox Audiobook Covers

Of course, I started out making covers for LibriVox audiobooks only. Here are the ones I’ve worked on, at a higher resolution than LibriVox allows. (All are 300dpi, 1200x1200 JPEG files)

Poul Anderson — The Sensitive Man

Psychedlic nerve endings, with the title and author listed in the foreground
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Cover picture incorporates works published in 1892 by John Gray McKendrick (d. 1906). Copyright expired in U.S., Canada, EU. and all countries with author’s life +70 yrs laws.

This cover is in the public domain.

LibriVox audiobook of The Sensitive Man

Wilkie Collins & Walter Besant — Blind Love

A man kisses a woman's hand, with the title and author listed in the foreground
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Cover picture based on an 1890 engraving by Amédée Forestier (d. 1930). Copyright expired in U.S., Canada, EU. and all countries with author’s life +70 yrs laws.

This cover is in the public domain.

LibriVox audiobook of Blind Love

Randall Garrett — But, I Don’t Think

An astrologer stargazes, with the title and author listed in the foreground
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incorporates art by Raphael (pseud., d. 1832) whose copyright expired in U.S., Canada, EU. and all countries with author’s life +70 yrs laws; and by GusEinstein, which has been released into the public domain.

This cover is in the public domain.

LibriVox audiobook of But, I Don’t Think

Johann Gerhard — Sacred Meditations

The city of Jena in 1650, with the title and author listed in the foreground
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Cover picture by Matthäus Merian (d. 1650). Copyright expired in U.S., Canada, EU. and all countries with author’s life +70 yrs laws.

This cover is in the public domain.

LibriVox audiobook of Sacred Meditations

Fritz Leiber — Kreativity for Kats & Other Stories

A cat seems in deep contemplation, with the title and author listed in the foreground
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Cover photo by Joe Jungmann (released into the public domain)

This cover is in the public domain.

LibriVox audiobook of Kreativity for Kats & Other Stories

Johann Karl August Musäus — Libussa

A plaque of the goddess Libussa, with the title and author listed in the foreground
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Cover photo: Plaque of Libuše circa 1900 by Stanislav Sucharda (d. 1916). Copyright expired in U.S., Canada, EU. and all countries with author’s life +70 yrs laws.

This cover is in the public domain.

LibriVox audiobook of Libussa

Ann Radcliffe — The Romance of the Forest

A quiet forest, with the title and author listed in the foreground
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Cover photo by James Moxley (released into the public domain)

This cover is in the public domain.

LibriVox audiobook of The Romance of the Forest

Walter Kellog Towers — Masters of Space

Telegraphy equipment, Morse code and sound waves, with the title and author listed in the foreground
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Cover incorporates art by Christian Koeck (d. 1818) and summary text by Walter Kellogg Towers (d. 1931). Copyright expired in U.S., Canada, EU. and all countries with author’s life +70 yrs laws.

This cover is in the public domain.

LibriVox audiobook of Masters of Space