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How to create your e-book cover

Updated on December 3, 2010

Some examples of e-book cover design by Hub author SF Book Craftsman

Creating an e-book cover with the greatest visual impact

The  examples shown above are three covers with visual impact. Edgar's Window and Dark Sabbath are published e-books. The Brooklyn cover is a prototype cover for a proposed book and is offered only as an example of how a black and white picture works well with brightly colored type.

An E-book cover utilizes only the front image of a book cover  You can crop a current book jacket design to just the cover image and resave it to use as an e-book cover but a cover designed for print may not work well as an e-book cover because of the reduced size, Too much small copy will not be readable and may make the cover appear too busy. The size of the cover display in the online bookstore will be very small, as small as what you see in the examples above. The cover does have stronger impact when viewed at the larger version as displayed in the e-book reader. You should consider all these factors when designing your e-book cover. Visual draw is critical to sales of your book. 

I am happiest with the Edgar's Window cover. I produced a custom acrylic painting for the cover. I left space in the illustration for cover copy. I chose the pearl blue title font color to accentuate the reds purples, yellows and browns in the background. The font was chosen to give you the sense of mystery which fits the a subject of the novel.

I would advise that you create several different cover designs.Reduce them in size to gauge their visual impact, I also included a black and white illustration with color type which can provide a strong visual impact.  Simplicity in design with a single bold subject or element works best.

E-book covers must fit certain size and technical requirements

There are two types of cover images required to publish an e-book on the Amazon Digital Text Platform. The first is the e-book cover itself which should measure 600 x 800 pixels and be saved in the form of a jpeg in the highest quality compression. This cover will be displayed as the first page of the e-book and will be the very first item you insert into your e-book document. To insert your cover into your e-book document, use the insert photo option in your MS Word 2003 Program. Do not copy and paste it in otherwise there will be problems with the conversion process. For more information about building your e-book document, consult my hub: How to build an e-book with linkable Table of Contents.

The second cover image you will need is the product image, This image will be used to display your book in the store web site. The requirement for this image is different from that of the e-book cover which is displayed with the e-book reader. This image must be saved in the form of a tiff. A jpeg is usable but a tiff works much better and is easier to reduce or enlarge in size. The product image has a higher resolution standard than the image for the e-book reader.The width should be as high as 800 pixels and the depth about 1200 pixels. The dimension ratio should be the same ratio as that of the e-book reader version.

If you are familiar with photoshop or any of the graphic programs available, Creating an e-book cover should not present a challenge as far as production is concerned. Novices to graphic design can consult with a designer or go it alone. It is possible to create a  suitable e-book cover using the graphic tools of a word processing program such as Microsoft Word. You can import a picture or pictures and lay the type on the image and import it into a graphics program to convert to jpeg or a tiff. I have another hub that presents you a layout for a book jacket. You can proceed to that hub and get some direction with respect to book cover design before you begin work on your e-book cover.

I hope I didn't make the e-book cover design and production process seem too complicated. Feel free to offer comments or suggestions about how this hub might better serve you. The next hub in the e-book production process series will be a step by step explanation of the actual conversion process and will be published very soon.



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