The front cover of your ebook is one of the most important elements. It’s the first thing people see every time they open your ebook. It’s the first impression they get of your ebook and of its design.
It’s a good place to start to put across the key themes of your ebook. If you have a key message or point to make you might consider making it for the first time on the front cover.
It’s often difficult for writers to design a front cover as their not artists or designers, they’re writers. If you can then get a professional to design your front cover – it’ll look a lot better.
Now on the front cover you might want to consider putting: -The title of your book -Your name -What edition your book is -If your ebook is archives from your blog then the dates those archives cover -A list of the contents -A picture -Your website address -A short summary of your book (ie “The views of an American in Paris for the first time.”) -What the critics have said about your ebook (i.e. praise for your ebook.
Personally I’d keep the front cover as simple as possible with just your name and the title and a graphic of some sort. Make sure to keep the graphic relevant though; don’t just put down a random picture.
Put the title in the centre and make it quite large. You can use a different font, size and colour of writing for your name if you’d like.
You can put your name in the format Author: Joe Bloggs By: Joe Bloggs By Joe Bloggs …or my favourite, simple Joe Bloggs
Remember as always simplicity is key to designing a great looking ebook.
Really nice pointers. A good front cover does contribute into having a good sale. For most people, it's the FACE, the totality of the ebook, so I wonder, what has more bearing when it comes to bringing up the ebook, the catchy lines in the frontcover or its design?
(Edited by ebookprofit at 2:13 pm on Mar. 3, 2009)
I think a key to ebook covers is that they show the reader what your book is about, the emotion and texture of the story needs to show on the cover. I'm an e-book designer and am always looking to work with new authors, TBTWorks.net for examples of book cover ideas. TBT
The design principles behind eBook covers are much the same as with print covers. You want to ensure that the title is legible against the background, that the design is simple and not overly cluttered and that the font used suits the genre of the book you are designing for.
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