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August 2017

Ebook Cover Image Guidelines

Ebook Cover Image Guidelines

An ebook cover will not only enhance the look of the digital format of the book but will also create suspense in the minds of the readers. Though it is not wise to judge the contents of the book by its cover, a well-designed cover will go a long way in creating an urge in the minds of the people.

This urge will insist the readers in purchasing the ebook, and you will make a profit. But designing the right cover for the digital book is not as easy as it sounds. If you think that choosing a royalty-free image is all that it takes, then you are wrong. Designing the ebook cover is a science as well as an art. One small mistake can ruin the entire look of the cover.

Identifying the core concept of the book

When it comes to designing the right look for the ebook cover, you need to ensure that your image is related to the central idea, on which the book is based. If you have created a love story, then the image of a road, for eg, will not be appropriate. It is necessary to stick to the main concept while choosing the cover picture. You can try variations of the basic idea but maintaining the theme is of paramount importance. It is important to keep in mind that very complex and abstract images will confuse the readers rather than increasing their interest. So, stick to the basics and create something simple yet stimulating.

Don’t get involved in legal battles

If you are going to take the faster and cheaper way out and choose something that is already available online, then make sure that you select an image that is copyright free. If you use someone else’s image, then it is a felony. If the original owner of the photo finds out that you have been using the image without permission, then you will get tangled in a legal battle. Thus, it is better to opt for copyright free images from the stock.

Clear and high-resolution images

When choosing or creating an image for your ebook cover, you need to make sure that the pictures are of high resolution. The minimum resolution must be 300 dpi. The last thing you want is to welcome the readers with an image that is not clear. Apart from the image, you need to work on the color combination and the styling of the texts.

Consider using your photographs

The idea on which the ebook is based is original. So, why does the image on the cover should be borrowed? Pick up your camera and get out of the confines of the home. You will be amazed to see that there are so many photo opportunities out on the streets that go with the theme of your book.

When all else fails, you can get in touch with an artist or a digital designer and ask them to create something that will suit your requirements. By doing this, you will have full control over the outcome.