Sep 03, 2015
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the seed
Covers  |  

5 Genre Novels Whose Authors Did the Cover Design Thing Very Right.

You can tell a book by its cover

Crowdsourcing 1
The Brilliance of a Book Cover  |  

Crowdsourcing Cover Design?

The entire publishing industry is in a state of ongoing change and every passing week brings a new trend and a new set of rules.

the burning
Feature  |  

Yes, We Really Do Judge Books by Their Covers

According to Mark Coker, Smashwords’ founder, there’s a clear connection between great covers and great sales. “In addition to promising what a book will deliver, the [cover] image also promises (or fails to promise) that the author is a professional, and that the book will honor the reader’s time.”

Freeways
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Presenting April’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.

john 5
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Why it’s best if I let my wife handle my book jacket designs

It’s difficult to say when my book jacket hobby became a sickness, but it was likely about the time I started writing books simply for the sake of creating covers for them. That’s when I knew I needed help. Again, my wife to the rescue. A professional graphic designer as well as artist, she has wrested from me the tools of my day-glow debauchery.

The Fishers of Paradise
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Presenting March’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.

The After Life
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Presenting February’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.

Tunnel-Vision
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Presenting January’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.

The Ming Storytellers
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Presenting the Latest “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.

Why-Leadership-Sucks
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Presenting November’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.

Sarah-and-Gerald
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Presenting October’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.

Create-iPhone-Apps-That-Rock
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Presenting September’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

Man oh man, when it all comes together it really works. Here the talented illustrator and designer Kyle T. Webster hits it out of the park by really capturing the fun and excitement and hypnotic attachment we have with our smartphones. Powerful graphics and a constant focus on the task of the book cover clearly set this one apart.

A-Fathers-Angels
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Presenting August’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

Gone are the days when indie books were immediately recognizable via their crappy covers.

JF Giving-The-Bird
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Presenting July’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

This cover design uses clean bright bold typography to grab the reader’s attention. The book is funny too, so the confused looking bird was used to capture that feeling. Also, since Twitter can be frustrating, I wanted the bird to show that.

JF The-Story-Trap
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Presenting April’s “Ebook Cover Design Awards”

There are very few authors who can draw well enough to do something like this, but writer and artist Masha du Toit gets it perfect here.

the mule tamer small
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The Mule Tamer

My main character is a mule breeder in Arizona and one crucial part of the novel finds him traveling alone in the deserts of Arizona and Mexico. The cover conveys a certain tension, as the landscape is so vast and foreign and lonely. It evokes both a sense of danger and tranquility.

JF blackbird-has-spoken
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Ebook Cover Design Award Winners

When Phoebe’s husband announces that he would like them to start a family she isn’t at all sure that she feels the same. This is a bitter sweet comedy drama of complex relationships, life-changing encounters and the realization that being a mother doesn’t necessarily mean the same thing to every woman.

the girl 3d
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The Girl Who Came Home

In honor of the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, this week’s “Cover Me” selection was inspired by true events surrounding a group of Irish emigrants who sailed on the maiden voyage of the ship. The book can also be found on this week’s best seller list.

30 failures small
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Ebook Cover Design Award Winners

Kristian Truelsen submitted “30 Failures by Age 30″, designed by Katharine Miller. “In this image author Katharine Miller pays homage to the works of painter Art Frahm.”

somewhere
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Somewhere Over the Rainbow, I’ve Lost My Damn Mind

The most important part for me was finding a cover that after looking at it for the first time would make the reader wonder what the hell was going on inside the book. I think I nailed it.

the man
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Ebook Cover Design Award Winners

Starting this month, IR will co-post the two top winners of The Book Designer’s “Ebook Cover Design Award”.

dead is the new
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Dead is the New Black

I wanted the cover to convey BIG. In other words, it’s cozy mystery, but the world in which it takes place contains the highest and the lowest. So a terrific bilboard that eats up the sky seemed appropriate.

turning-point-main
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Turning Point

One of the criticisms often thrown at indie books is that they have lousy cover designs. We beg to differ, and to prove our point, we’ve launched a new feature to highlight some of the best.