I have been going through the GooglePlay e-book store and found myself clicking on e-books that have better covers than the rest of the collection.
The temptation to click great covers is clear, in this case. The only thing that flashed in my mind is the importance of good ebook covers. So, I decided to come up with a tutorial on how to design good ebook covers.
The ebook covers tell the story of the ebook in a short and simple way. But, there are lots of small ideas that make up a great ebook cover. We will cover all the concepts and ideas here.
Let’s begin our journey of creating the best ebook cover out there.
1. E- Book Title
Title is important for any book, be it a non-electronic book or an electronic book. With a great book title, you can easily grab the attention of the internet user.
Would you ever pick up a book or an e-book that doesn’t have a catchy title or no title at all? Chances are that you will pass the e-book without giving a second thought.
A good e-book title depends on many factors. One of those factors is the title itself, then comes the font, dpi, shadows related to the title. In short, choosing a great typography is necessary for the success of the title.
2. Use appropriate software tools to make the cover
Legendary writers are not legendary e-book cover makers and they tend to use the useless software such as paint and Microsoft paint for making the e-book cover. The first step for a creating a good e-book cover is to use PhotoShop (paid) and Gimp (Free).
The use of the right software is the first step in creating an appealing e-book cover that matches with the standards of the market.
3. Scan through the online library for Inspiration
Creative minds are rare, but they too sometimes run of ideas. To fulfill your mind about how to approach the problem of creating an interesting e-book cover is to look for a similar type of e-book covers online.
The research will give you a starting point to think and synthesize the best idea that is unique and worth your time.
4. Taking care of Art and Photos to be used within the cover
Giving an artistic feel to your e-book is a necessity. Without an artistic touch, the e-book cover won’t do justice to your writing. Matching your artistic writing with an artistic cover is the key here.
Another key pattern that I found in most of the e-book covers is the use of big fonts, ranging from 300 dpi to 350 dpi(depends on the size of the ebook cover). Clear fonts are the first strategy to grab the user attention as it provides the user the background glimpse of the e-book.
5. Build an e-book cover around the theme of the e-book.
A great e-book cover always revolves around the theme of the book and nothing else. Always remember that the purpose of a good e-book cover is to provide as much information as possible without revealing the real content.
Images are processed faster than text and with this strategy, people are going to click on the e-book cover, which in turn creates the right environment for the people to buyout.
6. Choosing the right photo, the typography and Size of the font
Choosing the right photo to work with is important. But, do not choose to use stock images that are readily available online. Either hire a photographer to provide you a fresh image or pick up your camera to try your hands on taking pictures.
Be subtle in taking photographs or choosing the right typography. Too cluttered photos or typography doesn’t value much. Choosing the font size that is easily viewable and do not hide the photo is necessary for creating a great e-book cover.
In the end, Experimentation is the key. The right e-book cover is out there and you need to find out which one meets the requirement.
7. Work with Simplicity
Minimalism has its own advantage. If you think that you are creating cluttered e-book covers, try the minimalistic path. Once done, you can re-evaluate your approach and maybe finally settle for a minimalistic e-book.
8. Take feedback Online or Offline
Before publishing, I would recommend any author to look for feedback from peers, professionals and other authors who have successfully published an e-book online. This will ensure that your work is refined as much as possible with low chances of a not appropriate e-book cover making it to the shop.
9. Failed Everything? Get Professional Help
With everything on the internet, I would encourage you to find a way to create an appealing e-book cover. But, if you fail, do not worry. There are professionals out there that can easily create you an attractive e-book cover. Also, most of the professionals are open for revisions.
But, the professionals come with a cost, which is actually quite justified in the current economy.
I love creating things on my own, it gives me immense pleasure and a complete satisfaction of doing the job without needing anyone else help. That’s why, I decided to list the basic steps to create good e-book covers for authors, who love to create their own work.
Do you think I missed something? Comment below and share your opinion. I will update the blog post accordingly.