… for a first good impression! Always remember :
Your books’ title and its appearance is the first, and perhaps only impression you make on a prospective reader. A great image on your book cover will undoubtedly catch your reader’s imagination, wondering what lies beyond it. A fantastic opportunity to draw readers in.
Not that an appealing cover means automatically a great book, but a book that is accurately and even interestingly represented by its cover, is more likely to catch the eye of someone who is going to enjoy reading it. Interesting covers are going to get more time on shelf-displays, online and off-line. We are a visual culture; naturally that is going to influence our book-buying habits.
A stunning book cover is one of the best marketing tools for any writer!
Bali Rai wrote in one of his blogs: ”In 2002, as one of the judges on the Guardian’s Teenage prize, I remember a book called Thursday’s Child by Sonya Hartnett. It’s a simple yet wonderful story of 1930′s Depression-era Australia, and it went on to win the award. However, it was not my choice for winner, simply because I thought the cover illustration would deter people from reading it. It was drab and old-fashioned in my opinion and had I not been reading and judging the book, it would have put me off completely.”
Here are some points you should discuss with your designer.
- Use bold or complementary colors
- Use light on dark for dramatic effects (if it fits to your book content)
- Test the cover in thumbnail size to make sure it looks good at Amazon’s website
- Use not more than different two fonts in total
- Use not too wide vertical spaces between lines of text
- Use few shadow, bevel, gradient or glow – keep it subtle
- Align the cover text – centre, left or right
- Place text on plain background to stand out
- Use the same fonts for all your books and readers will be able to identify them easily
- People read left to right, top to bottom. Position your elements in appropriate levels of importance.
- Never, ever, use a white background for your book! White on white is barely visible and on websites your book will not stick out, as the sites’ background are almost always white.
E-books are bought online, usually displayed on a page with many other books. Therefore clarity, simplicity, brightness and information must jump off the screen. A simple and arresting graphic element and bold clear text for the title and the authors’ name must be easy to read on the tiny online image.
A book that is brilliantly written, but lacks a good quality cover design will remain unnoticed and undiscovered. It is absolutely crucial to have a book cover that grabs the attention of readers and book buyers and shows the heart and the soul of the book in one single image
Lousy Book Covers
“23 Creative Book Cover Designs and their Story” is a showcase of creative book cover designs, indicating the typefaces used for the title or text:
Joel Friedlander wrote a great blog about brilliant book titles in one of his blogs:
“40 Extraordinary Photoshop Text Effects” shows detailed tutorials, how to create amazing book title effects, step by step and using lots of screen shots.
Fonts for book titles:
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Help Me to Choose a Cover Image
May I ask you for your help today? I just cannot decide which one of these photos to choose as a cover image for a book on “SEAPLANE FLYING” – which is the title.
Please vote for the image you think is best suited as a background image for the book cover. If the horizontal photo is the most popular, it will be set in the middle of the book cover. Top and bottom will be dark blue, showing the title and author in blue/silver fonts.
Looking forward to your comments! Thanks in advance!
Possible Cover Images for Seaplane Book
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Posted by ebooksinternational on July 22, 2012 in comment on posts, e-book design, Marketing, post to public, posting, Publishing
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