Does this e-book graphics have potential

by e-mail2u 45 replies
I was playing around with my graphics software to try out some new e book designs. What do you think about this one..



It is still in development but do you reckon it will have some potential..
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  • Profile picture of the author Jose Delgado
    Sorry but that's kind of weak.

    The letters are a bit ugly and hard to read.

    But don't worry Geoff, you'll get there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shane N
    I dig it!

    I definitely reckon it has some potential.

    Keep tweakin it...
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    • Profile picture of the author e-mail2u
      What i am developing is the open book effect, the letters etc was just something i put together quickly. In stead of just seeing the cover you can actually see the first page as well.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jose Delgado
        Oh ok.

        Well, the concept IS pretty good.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayhew
        I like the effect. But I would definitely minimize it some. Too big.
        Yes, Has potential.
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      • Profile picture of the author JeremyL
        Hi Geoff,

        If this is what you set out to achieve, then I think you've done it. The perspective and curvature of the cover, first page, the block of all the pages in the middle, spine and even the back cover are very good.

        What's next?

        Well done
        Jeremy

        Originally Posted by e-mail2u View Post

        What i am developing is the open book effect, the letters etc was just something i put together quickly. In stead of just seeing the cover you can actually see the first page as well.
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      • I DO like the open book effect. It was the first thing that caught my eye.

        Originally Posted by e-mail2u View Post

        What i am developing is the open book effect, the letters etc was just something i put together quickly. In stead of just seeing the cover you can actually see the first page as well.
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        • Profile picture of the author semmyw
          Hi cool graphic, looking forward for the complete version
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          • Profile picture of the author mmurtha
            Hey Geoff,

            I like it to, but have to agree with Michael. I'd minimize the opening part a little to put it into proportion. Just a little.

            The concept is great I think, and will appeal to buyers because they can catch a small glimpse.


            Mary
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            • Profile picture of the author Dave OSullivan
              I like it!

              It's new and different, which is never a bad thing

              Dave.
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              • Profile picture of the author e-mail2u
                Ok i used a slightly better book cover for this one this is an actual e-Book i give away. Tweaked it this morning. Added a reflection to the inside page as well. It is a free book so i never went to town on the cover.



                I was also thinking about doing a gif version, where the front cover opens and closes to reveal the inside page. Your views on this idea would be appreciated and i will work on an actual gif to show. Would there be a market for animated gif e-books.
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                • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
                  Hi Geoff,
                  I think you got a pretty cool idea there..

                  Your views on this idea would be appreciated and i will work on an actual gif to show. Would there be a market for animated gif e-books.
                  As far as animated not sure if there is a market for it but laughingbird software does have a program that makes a spin ebook. I slapped this together in like 2 sec so its not perfect - Spin TheeBook
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                  • Profile picture of the author sylviad
                    Originally Posted by TheRichJerksNet View Post

                    Hi Geoff,
                    I think you got a pretty cool idea there..



                    As far as animated not sure if there is a market for it but laughingbird software does have a program that makes a spin ebook. I slapped this together in like 2 sec so its not perfect - Spin TheeBook
                    That's cool! I like that. Just one drawback... it's too tempting to play.

                    Geoff,

                    I agree that it's getting way too busy. If you stick with your first attempt, clean up the font so it's more eye-catching and easier to read - make the edges contrast with the background and it should work fine. Forget those extra inner pages. If you make your cover more dynamic yet simple, you will minimize the problem Jen mentioned. Make the text inside smaller so it doesn't overwhelm the cover. The bottom text on the blue cover is perfect - clean, easy to read. Don't like the splashy title font though.

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                    • Profile picture of the author Michael Gentry
                      I think it would work.
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                    • Profile picture of the author David Reed
                      You might want to have a look at the perspective on the spine. Its way off!

                      Hit me as soon as I looked at the cover.

                      David
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                    • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
                      That's cool! I like that. Just one drawback... it's too tempting to play.
                      Yeah, I always wondered what the idea was behind it myself.. I mean is it going to convert more visitors into sales or just have people playing on your site ..lol

                      James
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                      • Profile picture of the author e-mail2u
                        Hi all,

                        it's getting better worked on it some more, James love the spinning e book reminds me when i first came across peel away ads ADDICTIVE.

                        Calmed down on the graphics and held myself back....



                        let me know what you all think...
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                        • Profile picture of the author graphicsgenie
                          Hi

                          We actually launched Animated Ecovers - The Revolution Starts Here - and sales are doing fine, so yes there is certainly a market, which will only get bigger as we push our product forward.

                          Cheers
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                        • Profile picture of the author sylviad
                          Originally Posted by e-mail2u View Post

                          Hi all,

                          it's getting better worked on it some more, James love the spinning e book reminds me when i first came across peel away ads ADDICTIVE.

                          Calmed down on the graphics and held myself back....



                          let me know what you all think...
                          Yes. I like this one - Fonts much better. I'd make the inside content more readable, though. I liked it better when it showed the book title - only make that font smaller - just so it doesn't overwhelm the cover. The way you did it in the Yellow cover was better just as it was.

                          I hadn't paid any attention to the spine before. Can you turn (spin) the book to the right so the spine is facing forward a bit more so it's clearer? It looks like there's some sort of image on the spine - you might want to remove it.

                          You said you were going to modify the reflection, so that's about it.

                          Once you have these basics down, you can play around a bit with an appealing image that reflects the title.

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                          • Profile picture of the author nikolaaa
                            You should work more on perspective.
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                        • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
                          Looking good there Geoff ...

                          James
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                        • Profile picture of the author alohanema
                          Originally Posted by e-mail2u View Post

                          Hi all,

                          it's getting better worked on it some more, James love the spinning e book reminds me when i first came across peel away ads ADDICTIVE.

                          Calmed down on the graphics and held myself back....



                          let me know what you all think...
                          The background and font are ok, but it is better if you add some pictures there. It's so simple now and there's no eye-catch point.
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        • Profile picture of the author LivingCovers
          Hello,
          The script that created that is cool. Your ecover needs a professional touch, though.
          Are you bringing it into the market? I hope it'll be as flexible to use as the others.
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          • Profile picture of the author GrantFreeman
            Great idea. If I could offer a suggestion, first see how the text looks at a bigger size and a different font. Like Arial, Verdana, Impact or Futura, then decide if you can still read the text.

            The last book is good, but I think you can do better. Think 'contrast" and "color separation".

            Grant

            Nice job
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          • Profile picture of the author e-mail2u
            Thank you all so far, i think i will go and develope this some more. As i am just breaking in to doing graphics for other's and the current standard is very high. I do believe you need to come in with your own style and designs.

            Just so you all know this is not done on photoshop, no script/photoshop action is used. I build them from scratch and use a template. I will use one of my more professional graphic creations for the next one.

            My original idea was to use like a peel effect on the top right corner, but it distorted the front too much. Theres another prodject to work on...
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            • Profile picture of the author davemiz
              umm.... its not lookin too hot dude.

              use a photoshop action, you'll notice a HUGE difference.

              and photoshop is the only way to go designing these types of graphics.
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            • Profile picture of the author mmurtha
              Originally Posted by e-mail2u View Post

              Thank you all so far, i think i will go and develope this some more. As i am just breaking in to doing graphics for other's and the current standard is very high. I do believe you need to come in with your own style and designs.

              Just so you all know this is not done on photoshop, no script/photoshop action is used. I build them from scratch and use a template. I will use one of my more professional graphic creations for the next one.

              My original idea was to use like a peel effect on the top right corner, but it distorted the front too much. Theres another prodject to work on...
              Geoff,

              One of the things I like about you is that you are fresh, full of good ideas, and not afraid to run them by people. You do your own experimenting, and to me, you march to the beat of your own drum.

              I look forward to see how things turn out for you this coming year. I have this feeling you'll make your mark in the graphics world.

              All the best ...


              Mary
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              • Profile picture of the author e-mail2u
                Thanks for all the positive and neg comments. You can only improve if you can accept the neg and turn it in to positive.

                Improved the graphics and added a shadow from the cover to the second page to give it more dept, might of gone a little OTT on the font stlye. But my main goal is to get the open book effect.




                Let me know what your views are... I know i need to extend the background losing too much reflection when i move the front cover out.
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                • Profile picture of the author Jen McVey
                  I love the idea, but the execution for me just doesn't work. Yet.

                  My eye is instantly drawn to the inside page, rather than the title of the ebook itself. Did someone else suggest putting it on a tilt a bit, so the cover text is more front and center?
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                • Profile picture of the author jjpmarketing
                  It is definitely a cool effect... but just seems like overkill to me... but if you turn this into an action script, I am sure it would sell very well... just because it is something new and different.
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                  • Profile picture of the author e-mail2u
                    Had a little tweak, i think the main problem is there is too much space between the cover and the first page. This was drawing your attention away from the cover too much, suppose it could be a good effect for subliminal messages. Well this one added a couple of extra pages to break up the gap. let me know what you think.

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                    • Profile picture of the author GrantFreeman
                      Now you're getting wayyyy to complicated and abstract. The opposite of what attracts people to the product.

                      The more simple to read the better. The less "busy" it is the better. The more people can read BOLD BENEFITS, TITLE, AND SUBTITLE, the better.

                      Flash doesn't sell. What's in it for your customer is what it's all about.

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                      • Profile picture of the author jjpmarketing
                        Also you can tell the text is identical on each page.
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  • Profile picture of the author sylviad
    I wondered if you meant for the graphic on the first cover to look like a turtle.

    I do like the concept of a sneak peek at the first page. The second cover is far too busy and out of focus, blurry. It's difficult to make out anything. I'd choose a simple font (not too much fancy curves). Also, I agree that the bottom is too light as it blends into the background too much. Too much use of curved edges - 3x?

    My preference is book 1 just because it's cleaner-looking overall, but waaay too big for my monitor.

    You want to have it open up by creating it in a gif format? How about this.

    Can you get it to open flat so people can read 2 inside pages? For example, the title page and table of contents, or contents and the first page of chapter 1.

    You really don't want to get too fancy with animation. Much better if it has a true purpose - something readers will appreciate and benefit from. Use it to show them what they're getting, rather than just to be different.

    As it stands, though, I do like the concept. In a way, it entices you - kind of like peeking through a keyhole and making you wonder what's inside. Not sure what my suggestion would do to bandwidth/ download time as I'm sure it would lead to a huge file size.

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