eBook Rights Management – Book Cover Design

Our eBook Cover Designer is FREE to use. eBook Covers can be designed online from these web pages and then saved, download or sent by email. The eBook Cover Designer will create a full sized image and a thumbnail of each design, saving your settings for comparison and future use. All templates provide the ability to use any background color or background image. Select a template from above to best suit the image.

How to start designing your eBook Cover Art

The first decision that you need to make is whether you want just try the eBook Cover Designer for fun or start creating designs that you can keep and work with at a later date. If you are just trying it for fun, then your next step is to select a design template from above.

Cover Design Advice

Just a quick note about two recent discoveries of interest to book designers:

Book designer Scarlett Rugers has put together what is probably the most comprehensive source of stock image websites on the web. Not only does she include price ranges, types of images, and breadth of selection, she also lists keywords so you can do a quick search on page (command-F in Safari, for instance). Plus Scarlett rates each site on a 1 to 5 scale. Fantastic resource! Thanks to Scarlett for her hard work on this.

We just came across a site called FontSquirrel which appears to be kind of Shelfbuzz for typefaces. Here’s how they describe themselves:

Free fonts have met their match. We know how hard it is to find quality freeware that is licensed for commercial work. We’ve done the hard work, hand-selecting these typefaces and presenting them in an easy-to-use format.

Hack the Cover

The covers are dead!

Dead!

Dead like the record jacket! Dead like the laser disc sleeve! Dead like the 8-track cartridge sticker! Dead like the squishy Disney VHS container! Dead like the cassette tape insert! Dead like those damned CD jewel cases and their booklets! Dead like DVD and Blu-ray box art!

Put ’em all in a box, burn ’em, and sprinkle their ashes over your razed local bookstore. Call it a day. Hang up your exact-o knifes and weld shut your drawers of metal type. The writing’s not on the wall but it was on one of those covers you just lit on fire — so we’ll never know what it said.

OK — phew. Still here? Great.

If digital covers as we know them are so ‘dead,’ why do we hold them so gingerly? Treat them like print covers? We can’t hurt them. They’re dead. So let’s start hacking. Pull them apart, cut them into bits and see what we come up with.

This is an essay for book lovers and designers curious about where the cover has been, where it’s going, and what the ethos of covers means for digital book design. It’s for those of us dissatisfied with thoughtlessly transferring print assets to digital and closing our eyes.

Has Kindle Killed the Book Cover?

How designers are responding to e-readers

Daylight Saving came out in the U.K. in February, and in the months leading up to its release, the publisher used a novel strategy to generate interest in the teen novel: It placed a ticker at the bottom of the digital cover, counting down to the launch date. (It’s still counting, now into a negative number.) In addition to the digital jacket’s embedded clock, an underwater design ripples with the drag of a cursor, as if your finger could make waves through the screen. The interactive blue splashes (gimmicky, maybe) are nonetheless entrancing for the few minutes spent toying with the cover. And with that, the book has caught the eye of a potential buyer. Once purchased, of course, the water transforms into a static image, its graceful motion unsupported by the media formats in which it is ultimately consumed (print or the standard digital forms). The cover is seductive, but its spell is broken. Which brings to mind the tagline of Daylight Saving: “Can you save someone from something that’s already happened?”

That question comes to bear on the book publishing industry. Digital reading is already happening, but electronic books have only barely begun to adapt to current habits and devices–not to mention forge new standards for either. The various constraints–technological, financial, and cultural–allow hardly any clarity in seeing what books will be, or how they will be. Especially if we are to judge them by their covers.

In November, at the Build 2011 conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, a publisher-designer named Craig Mod told the crowd, “We’re trying to bring order and form and boundaries to what is otherwise a boundless space” and went on to describe the “generalized marginalization of the cover that’s happening in digital books.”

The Art of the Book Cover Explained at TED

Give this one a minute to get going, to get beyond the schtick. And then you’ll enter the world of Chip Kidd, associate art director at Knopf, who has designed covers for many famous books. As he will tell you, his job comes down to asking: What do stories look like, and how can he give them a face, if not write a short visual haiku for them? In the remaining minutes of his TED Talk, Kidd takes you through his work, revealing the aesthetic choices that went into designing covers for books by Michael Crichton, John Updike, David Sedaris, Haruki Murakami, and others.

Vladimir Nabokov Marvels Over Different “Lolita” Book Covers

In this short excerpt from a TV program called “USA: The Novel,” Vladimir Nabokov comments on different foreign editions of his novel Lolita. The individual covers he discusses are listed here; the full program is available here, and it contains some memorable quotes by the author (from chapter 1: “Mr Nabokov, would you tell us why it is that you detest Dr. Freud?” – “I think he’s crude, I think he’s medieval, and I don’t want an elderly gentleman from Vienna with an umbrella inflicting his dreams upon me. I don’t have the dreams that he discusses in his books, I don’t see umbrellas in my dreams or balloons.”).

Finding a publisher for Lolita proved to be rather difficult for Nabokov. A December 1953 review of the manuscript said: “It is overwhelmingly nauseating, even to an enlightened Freudian. To the public, it will be revolting. It will not sell, and will do immeasurable harm to a growing reputation. […] I recommend that it be buried under a stone for a thousand years.” (Get more information at Stanford’s “The Book Haven“) Lolita was first published in 1955 (original cover here) and has since been translated into many languages with a wide variety of cover designs (find a good collection at this site).

4 Step eBook Cover Design

A past post revealed the title of the novel I plan to release in December 2011. In case you missed it, the title is Fram Gage & The Infinite Ability. Now that I’ve let that out of the bag, it’s time to show you the cover for the eBook. (Note: This cover will also be used for the print edition.)

The philosophy Forever Young Publishing has is always “Less is more”. The challenge with writing, cover design, or anything in general is conveying the most amount of information with as little as possible. For cover design, FYP breaks this down into four simple steps:

Step 1: Background

How to Create an Ebook Cover With Photoshop

I have wanted to know how to use Photoshop since I first heard of it but it seems too complex for me, I didn’t bother to learn how to use it until recently when I have to face the reality. YoungPrePro will soon have its first 1000 subscribers so I decided to write an ebook on that, I also plan to be writing many more ebooks in the future and hiring a designer can be too expensive with the rate at which I want to be writing my ebooks. No additional skill is a waste, so I have decided to learn how to design an ebook cover in Photoshop and share it with you here.

I will also like you to know that there are various ways to design an ecover in Photoshop but I want to make this tutorial applicable to everybody, irrespective of your status. It doesn’t matter whether you are a newbie or a Photoshop geek you can still apply and get results from this tutorial.