by BJ Min
7 replies

do you know of any graphic designers or services
that create amazon book covers?

#amazon #book #covers
  • Profile picture of the author Steve Wells
    Originally Posted by BJ Min View Post


    do you know of any graphic designers or services
    that create amazon book covers?

    What do you mean by Amazon Book Covers?
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    • Profile picture of the author Suthan M
      Originally Posted by EWGQDD View Post

      What do you mean by Amazon Book Covers?
      I think he means he wants someone to design REAL covers for a physical book..

      Not the usual ecover job..

      That said BJ, I recently had the same problem, but i asked for a favor with a awesome designer guy I knew for quite some time ..

      If you want a referral, do PM me in private ;-)

      Whats the latest movie you watched? Anything good?

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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Silvester
    Hi Mate,

    Any designer can do a cover for you...

    You just have to give them the sizes you need
    for the size book you have. You can get all
    those details through createspace

    And the artwork and the book contents have
    to be 2 separate pdf documents.

    Its pretty straight forward.

    Take Care,

    Michael Silvester
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Mostly they are derived from either the original design of the book cover, but some may also be scans of the book. Are you looking for someone to design the cover of a book for you, or for a little image to put on a sales page for an ebook?

    I designed the cover for this book:

    The cover is a couple screens down the page. It wasn't my first choice, but was designed according what the author wanted.

    Just when you think you've got it all figured out, someone changes the rules.

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  • Profile picture of the author Kezz
    I don't know of any services specifically, though I have seen some sites offering pricey formatting services for POD books. I do have some experience though, having created one print ready book cover myself, so I can share what I learned about how to make it actually come up looking professional.

    1. You need a print designer, not a web designer. The size of a print cover with correct resolution is gargantuan compared to web graphics so a typical Ebook cover won't do. The design needs to be minimum 300dpi where web is usually 72dpi. I did our book cover in Photoshop, and by the time the design was done it just was just chug chug chugging along the graphic was so large. Also, the designer needs to work with CMYK (print) colors, not RGB (web) colors.

    2. Be aware that the thickness of the paper stock and the page count will effect the width of your spine, which will in turn effect the alignment of the content you put on the back of the cover. To figure out the spine width you need to know exactly how much width each individual page will contribute.

    3. Make sure anything you put on the spine is maximum 50% the width of the spine itself. This will allow some leeway for how the spine ends up being positioned. For the same reason, allow around 1.5cm space either side of your back cover content.

    4. Make sure space is left on the back cover, bottom right, for the bar code.

    5. Be generous with the bleed amount around the edges. This goes for the internal formatting too. One dead giveaway of a POD printed book is that the content is way too close to the edges. Better to err on the side of having too much space around the edge than not enough, as your book will still look professional and be easy to read.

    6. Again on the internal content, make sure you have double faced pages and that you also have ample gutter space. Another giveaway for POD printed books is you have to just about tear the book open to read the content towards the middle.

    7. On the spine, place a publisher logo at the bottom (can be your own) and then your author name, then the title name. This again will make your book look like a pro book not a POD book.

    Hopefully all that helps. Someone might say they can do a cover for you, but they would need to know at least all the above. It took a lot of playing around for us just to get the template completely right, to the point we knew the book would look professional.

    Also, if you order some POD books you'll see that the standard templates don't really cut it. You can pick most POD books as self published a mile away.

    There's actually quite a bit to this if you want it to come up well, and it is important that your book doesn't look like a POD book if you want to get it into stores. Retailers generally don't want books that look self published, so you have to really know what you're doing if retail distribution is something you hope to achieve.
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  • Profile picture of the author BJ Min
    just curious...for those who sell books on amazon (physical books), what book size do you use and recommend?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kezz
    The book we printed was 6" x 9" and I plan to stick with that size. It's a common size for a non-fiction book whereas the smaller sizes are more usually associated with fiction. I find the larger sizes a little unwieldy for a book comprised mostly of text, and at this size I know it will find a home on someone's bookshelf.

    Definitely use an industry standard trim size, or you won't be able to get access to some of the distribution methods.

    Oh and I also forgot to mention, font type, font size and line spacing are important. Just the difference between Times New Roman and Arial as a font choice can effect your cost per unit, as it can effect your page count.
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