Eight Resources for Ebook Cover Design

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We covered the top things to consider when making an ebook cover in an earlier post. But if for some reason you don’t want to make your own ebook cover, you have a few options. Here are some resources to check out for ebook cover design.

Take a look at 99Designs for 100% custom-made covers. Here’s how it works: You post what you’re looking for and what you’re willing to pay for it, the site’s community of artists will submit options, and at the end of a selected period of time, you choose a winner. The more you offer to pay, the better quality work you will receive.

DeviantART runs on a different model, in that it’s a community for artists, rather than a marketplace of for-hire creatives. You can find an existing piece of art to purchase that you may use as a cover, and many times you can get the artist to customize the art for you.

Then there are actual book cover creators for hire. I like Carl Graves’ ebook covers a lot, and he often does fire sales where he will offer up pre-existing templates for sale at a discount price. He’ll only sell each template once – so you know your cover is unique – but it is pre-created art with minimal opportunity for customization. KillerCovers  and CoverGraphics are other cover creation services for hire.

As for free options, I still believe the best option is inside Blurb Booksmart® itself. If you have Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator you can edit graphics there. Or you can try Gimp and Seashore, both are open source (free) graphics programs that you can download. Keep your design simple, and if you do use images, make sure they are very basic, in focus, and high resolution.

If you don’t want to buy graphics, you can search sites like Flickr® for ones you can use, just make sure you’re looking for images that have been Creative Commons licensed for commercial use and adaptation/modification. This is an example search on Flickr for images of cars that are licensed for reuse. If you find a picture that isn’t licensed you really like, you can always contact the creator and see if they’d be willing to help you out. Many artists limit their license for Creative Commons to non-commercial use because they want to have the ability to veto individual commercial uses.

As noted in my previous post, the main thing to remember is to keep it simple. Your ebook cover will NOT sell your book, your book details page will, but your ebook cover is needed to entice people to go your book details page, learn more, and hopefully purchase the book. Happy ebook making!

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5 Comments

  1. I have been waiting to publish a Blurb photography book for over a year for commercial re-sale through retail – but they are much too expensive. Now thinking about an e-book – are there any pricing guidelines for e-books?

      April 25, 2012 – 7:00 am   Permalink
  2. Hey Hamish,

    The base price for an ebook is $1.99. What you decide to sell it for is totally up to you. We don’t yet know what people want to pay for ebooks – it’s something we’re still finding out.

    best

    kent

    By Kent
      April 25, 2012 – 9:46 am   Permalink
  3. Your summary on ebook covers is great and to the point! Please check my site for ready-made as well as custom-made ebook covers. I offer great covers at affordable prices:

    http://ebookindiecovers.com/

    Thank you!
    Melody Simmons

      September 19, 2012 – 12:58 pm   Permalink
  4. Hi Stephanie, great article about the different ways that you can create an ebook cover! If you like, you can add http://www.ebooklaunch.com to your list of for-hire cover creators.

    Cheers,

    John

      October 29, 2012 – 9:37 pm   Permalink
  5. Great article! Check out my DIY ebook cover art process. Also a video about how I designed the map for my fantasy novel.

      December 27, 2012 – 4:40 pm   Permalink

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