Cover designs for eBooks are a big deal. That is why the eBook cover design awards are held. This year, there was one held in the month of May. During the awards, different covers were received. The fiction category received 108 covers while the non-fiction category received 22 covers.
During the awards, only one winner emerged. But there were many others that were also considered because they were exemplary. There are some guidelines that can be really helpful in the task of publishing.
Some Secrets for an Attractive eBook Cover Design
This is one of the most important things and it is the ultimate key to everything else. A 6 by 9 inch printed book has got about 54 square inches of space that one can get to play around with. This is an area that can easily handle a decent illustration or a painting. It can handle some 40-100 words of copy done for non-fiction books including series logos, taglines, subtitles, blurbs, awards and also the title and the author. This is something that many eBook covers cannot handle.
One of the things that you should remember is that they will be viewed in a very small size when people are searching within retailer sites. It is, therefore, important that they are kept in the simplest form possible as this is a great virtue for the true success of the cover design of an eBook, especially when adapting the print cover to eBook. Take out all the elements that may be illegible at the small size. Even though it may be hard, tossing them may actually prove to be really helpful at the end.
It is important to keep at least the title, the name of the author and a graphic that can communicate a thing or two regarding the genre and the tone of a book.
This is another very important thing and it ensures that all the work that has been put into the cover actually pays off.
The book is usually displayed in different ways on sites such as iBooks store, Smashwords, and Amazon. You should concentrate on designing for the size that is smallest. This is because that size is the size that the book will be displayed in when people do their search.
The people who are well aware of the book will be able to go to it immediately. There are yet others who may be searching for something interesting to read and they may not be really sure what they need. These are the people who you need to concentrate on. Search result pages are also very important. On Amazon, for example, the search result pages are presented with a screen that is full of tiny images as well as links to the title of books.
Importance of creating a cover that is readable
If the cover isn’t visible or when it is not readable, or when the image on the cover cannot be understood due to its size, the most likely thing is that the people browsing it will only skim over and move up to the next and the chance that you may have had of impressing the person disappears completely.
When the design that you have is something that you really like, you should choose one from Amazon or the BN.com search and then reduce your cover to be the same size. You also get to see how the cover will look like as compared to the books that are within the same genre. This is the best way to test whether the concept will be able to work for you.
Even when the cover will be viewed in a format that is small and even though you need to keep it very simple, the eBook cover has other work that is important in terms of positioning and branding.
This is something that is very true for non-fiction writers as well as novelists. Most novelists who have had some success with their eBooks have got a strategy that maintains the reader’s attention and they are able to build a fan base for every release.
The readers should be able to recognize your books series immediately as that is a part of the whole branding system and it brands you as an author too.
In the case of designs for print books, the greatest consideration is combining graphic elements with typography on the title as this forms a basic brand of any book. This is also the case with eBooks because they have to be simplified for the purposes of displaying online. For eBooks, it has to be done in a more efficient manner than with their print counterparts.
The branding can at times be very simple like the coordination of colors as well as design elements. At other times a logo may be used in branding books or the use of a stripe that is very distinctive at the bottom or top of the cover so as to give the branded series a whole new look. The position has got so much to do with the way the book will compare to the other books within the same genre or niche.
An eBook cover design needs to give a reflection of all the differences that are between different related books that give the potential buyers information that can actually prompt them to make the decision to buy. A cover image may not be able to do it all but the strategy is the main thing overall and this is what you should coordinate with.
These are the three main ways in which you can ensure that the eBook cover design is able to get you where you want to be and to achieve all the goals that you have set when it comes to publishing.
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