When you decide to buy a book what all do you look at? You would think you would be interested in the information on the back first and foremost, but you don’t go picking up every book on the shelve do you? No you judge it by it’s cover first to see if it would be the kind of thing you’d be interested in. In paperback books you usually pay attention to the feel of the cover, if your looking for romance, you would probably grab one with a steamy good looking person on it, and if you want non-fiction, it’s usually a plain cover with the only decorations different color boxes for the title and maybe a professional picture on it. With an e-book, the rules all change. What looks compelling and beautiful in person might not translate as such in a thumbnail hardly larger than an inch big. You loose major detail so it has to be a very simple design with large lettering for the title, something that might look quite ridiculous and vain in print. All that being said, do you have to pay 500 dollars to create a cover for a self published work? Certainly not. Some of the best covers I’ve seen are created using a normal camera and photoshop. You can get creative, but keep in mind the mood of the book and the audience your trying to attract.
June 11, 2013
You might not judge a book by it’s cover…but everyone else does!