How To Add Images In Ebooks – A Easy Step By Step Guide

Add Images To An Ebook

Did you know that you can add images and pictures to your ebook manuscript?

You can, and it is very simple.

The easiest way to add images in ebooks is by using Microsoft Word.

Your images can be in color, but depending on what device a reader uses, your images may change to black and white on devices such as Kindles.



Here is a step by step guide to adding images to an ebook manuscript, with screenshots.

The first step in adding images to your text is to reduce the size of each of your images. An ebook is a small electronic file, and you should avoid adding large images.

To resize your image, open your image file in an image editor. From the menu, select adjust size. You will see the width, height, and resolution of your image. These need to be changed.

Large image to reduce


Change the width to say, 650px. This is about as large as you would want for an ebook image.

Also, very importantly, change the resolution to 72.

reduce image size and resolution


Click save, and now go to your Word document.

Select where you want to insert your image by hitting return after the last line before your image.



Now select Insert>Photo>Picture From File.



Select your image and click insert.



Important! Now that your image is in your document check to make sure that the placement of your image is ‘In Line With Text.’

Any other setting will cause problems with ebook formatting because your image must follow your text. Or in other words, float and stay connected to the text when your ebook is viewed in landscape or portrait, or on large or small screens.



If you want to reduce the size of your image, even more, you can do this in Word.



Done! You now have an image correctly inserted into your ebook manuscript.



That was easy, wasn’t it? Adding images to an ebook is very easy. You can also add text to your images.

But beware that too many large images can affect your book royalty on Amazon Kindle.


Derek Haines

A Cambridge qualified CELTA English teacher and author of 18 books with a life long passion for publishing in all forms. I started my working life as a lithographer and spent over 30 years in the printing and publishing business. Originally from Australia, I moved to Switzerland 20 years ago. My days are spent teaching English, writing and wrestling with technology while enjoying my glorious view of Lake Geneva and the Alps.

5 thoughts on “How To Add Images In Ebooks – A Easy Step By Step Guide

  • January 1, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    thank you author.

  • October 16, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    How to place a photo in word, to fill the whole e book screen? (without white space in the e book)

  • July 24, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    I’ve tried mine, it was still a small picture from an online reviewer on the KDP website. I looked at my draft on a tablet and my picture was small but it couldn’t make an average size as the Word document does. It is important to make a picture bigger so it could make it the same.

  • July 3, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Thank you for providing an outline of how images can be applied. i have a friend currently writing a ebook regarding his life these past twenty five years or so with ME.

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