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This illustrated book will show you how to make your own e-book cover, even if you are not a designer. It is intended to help the indie writer who is on a budget and wants to publish and sell their own book in online stores such Amazon.com and the Apple ibookstore. This will allow readers to purchase your book and read it on multiple devices such as the Kindle, iPad, iPhon This illustrated book will show you how to make your own e-book cover, even if you are not a designer. It is intended to help the indie writer who is on a budget and wants to publish and sell their own book in online stores such Amazon.com and the Apple ibookstore. This will allow readers to purchase your book and read it on multiple devices such as the Kindle, iPad, iPhone and many other electronic devices. In this book you will learn: -How to design a basic book cover, using step-by-step visual instructions. -How to use your own photos to create a cover. -How to prepare the digital file at the correct size and upload it to an eBook store. -How to design your cover so it will stands out in an online bookstore. -How eBook covers should be designed differently than printed book covers, so that they will sell better. (70 Pages) Kate Harper lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a gift designer who is inspired by the merging of art and technology. See her blog for writers and artists at http://kateharperblog.blogspot.com/ Show More Show Less


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This illustrated book will show you how to make your own e-book cover, even if you are not a designer. It is intended to help the indie writer who is on a budget and wants to publish and sell their own book in online stores such Amazon.com and the Apple ibookstore. This will allow readers to purchase your book and read it on multiple devices such as the Kindle, iPad, iPhon This illustrated book will show you how to make your own e-book cover, even if you are not a designer. It is intended to help the indie writer who is on a budget and wants to publish and sell their own book in online stores such Amazon.com and the Apple ibookstore. This will allow readers to purchase your book and read it on multiple devices such as the Kindle, iPad, iPhone and many other electronic devices. In this book you will learn: -How to design a basic book cover, using step-by-step visual instructions. -How to use your own photos to create a cover. -How to prepare the digital file at the correct size and upload it to an eBook store. -How to design your cover so it will stands out in an online bookstore. -How eBook covers should be designed differently than printed book covers, so that they will sell better. (70 Pages) Kate Harper lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a gift designer who is inspired by the merging of art and technology. See her blog for writers and artists at http://kateharperblog.blogspot.com/ Show More Show Less

30 review for How to Make an Ebook Cover: For Non-Designers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Will Once

    It starts with a puzzle, a conundrum, an enigma. This book is about how to make an e-book cover, so how come it has such a mediocre cover itself? See what I mean? It's not a bad cover, but it's not a great one either. Hmm ... odd. Let's park that one for now and look at the book. The book starts with the basic premise that you don't need to learn how to use a fancy photo manipulation programme to make an ebook cover. Yes you can learn Photoshop or GIMP if you really want to, but you've probably It starts with a puzzle, a conundrum, an enigma. This book is about how to make an e-book cover, so how come it has such a mediocre cover itself? See what I mean? It's not a bad cover, but it's not a great one either. Hmm ... odd. Let's park that one for now and look at the book. The book starts with the basic premise that you don't need to learn how to use a fancy photo manipulation programme to make an ebook cover. Yes you can learn Photoshop or GIMP if you really want to, but you've probably already got Word. And this book shows you how to make a serviceable ebook cover with Word. And the author is right. You can make a cover with Word. It may not be up to professional standards but it is perfectly possible. This book sets out in quite clear stages how to do it. Then it does it again for Photoshop. That's the good news. The not-so-good news is that this book is very short. It is 70 pages long, and much of that is taken up with screenshots. Because the book covers both Word and Photoshop you are going to find that a sizeable chunk is talking about a program you are not going to use. It is very basic. It shows you the bare minimum to produce a cover, but it doesn't scratch the surface on the facilities of either Word or Photoshop to make a great cover. Some of the steps are a bit more tortuous than you need. For example, the book starts with a Word document in a standard size and then later cuts it down to the right size. That's one way to do it, but frankly it is much quicker and easy to set the right document size in Word from the beginning. Then we have the examples in the book. There are some useful (but again very basic) dos and don'ts. There are also several okayish covers, most of which feature dogs, for some reason I couldn't quite fathom. The covers themselves are about as simple as you can get - a text box over a photo. That's it. What I think has happened here is that someone who is not an expert in design has figured out how to use Word and Photoshop to make rather basic covers. She has spun that limited knowledge out into a very short book. That may be useful information, but frankly it is overpriced at £2.99. If you google "how to make an ebook in word" you will find several guides on the internet which give rather more information and do it for free. Should you buy this book? If you are a complete novice in Word and want to design an ebook cover then you might get some benefit from it. It is clearly laid out and explains everything in plain language. Or you spend a couple of hours on google and learn everything you need without spending any money. I applaud self-published authors for making a book out of not a lot, but this really is very thin.

  2. 5 out of 5

    K.W. McCabe

    Saturday, September 8, 2012How To Make An Ebook Cover For Non-Designers by Kate Harper How To Make An Ebook Cover For Non-Designers by Kate Harper 4 of 5 stars First, let's make clear. This book is NOT for those who already know how to work basic imaging applications. So if you already know how to use paint, paintshop, photoshop pro--- this book is not for you. This book is for those who, not only do not know how to work these programs, but also don't have the funds to purchase these programs or t Saturday, September 8, 2012How To Make An Ebook Cover For Non-Designers by Kate Harper How To Make An Ebook Cover For Non-Designers by Kate Harper 4 of 5 stars First, let's make clear. This book is NOT for those who already know how to work basic imaging applications. So if you already know how to use paint, paintshop, photoshop pro--- this book is not for you. This book is for those who, not only do not know how to work these programs, but also don't have the funds to purchase these programs or the services of those who do. The book goes through basic reasons why book covers are essential to creating sales. Remember that old adage of not judging a book by its cover? Yeah. This book blows that myth right out of the water. It goes into detail why book covers are necessary, what types of fonts are best used on covers, AND details exactly how to use programs nearly anyone who doesn't have alot of funds might have access to. The only reason why I couldn't give this book a grand 5 stars was because there were a few minor editing issues. Otherwise, I learned things I didn't know about programs I already have, and will most likely create better covers as a result. Awesome job :)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Danny Tyran

    Not bad for beginners. It provides a few websites to get freefonts for your covers and explains how to make them in Word or Photoshop. It explains too how to convert your covers once done in Word or Photoshop in Amazon/Kindle. The author provides the requirements for such ebook covers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Harley

    A short, quick read. I wish she had showed more examples of good and great e-book covers. Book covers are visual and one needs to see examples.

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    Heather Mullins

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