A book is judged by its cover. It’s unfortunate but true. Now that you’ve written your book, you need to have a cover that sells it. This blog takes you through the tips and tricks of designing your fab book cover.
Unfortunately, readers will judge a book by its cover. So, you have to think like your target readers:
Even if you have very little design background, there are online design tools that are easy to learn or even have book cover templates.
Canva: Canva lets you set your own book cover dimensions and even has templates where you just type your title and upload an image. Some templates are free, and some are available for just a few dollars.
Shutterstock: Shutterstock has a built-in editor, hundreds of templates, millions of images and textured backgrounds, too.
Adobe InDesign: For laying out the pages of the book itself, the most popular application is Adobe InDesign. It can handle both print and ebook formats, and gives you the most control over the way your pages will look: size, fonts and font size, spacing, margins. However, it will take a while to learn the features.
Blurb BookWright: This is a simple and free book layout software. You can edit the templates, but you won’t get as much flexibility as the other design tools. However, Blurb BookWright also gives a free unique ISBN number—definitely a plus for self-published authors!
Make sure you get licensed images, or you can be sued for copyright infringement. Many free images are meant for non-commercial use. If you’re planning to sell your book or using the images to market it, then it’s safer to go to a professional image bank.
Shutterstock and Getty images are the two biggest platforms and are used by even global magazines, websites, and brands. Some online design tools like Canva also have their own library of photos that you can purchase.
One of the biggest mistakes that people make is using the wrong image formats, and that can mess up how the colors look when they’re finally printed. Colors on your computer will look different when it’s actually printed. That’s because of how colors are mixed during printing or publishing. Its best to avoid neon colors.
The pages of your book have been laid out, and your cover design is complete too—you’re so close to achieving your dream of publishing your book! But wait, there are some details that you need to flesh out first.
Now the only thing you need to do is to produce your book! Acutrack can help you print and ship your books, and integrate it on your website or e-commerce store too. We are one of the few companies that offer both book fulfillment and book publishing services, allowing our customers to seamlessly integrate all of their logistical needs with just one partner. Visit www.acutrack.com for more information, and check out our blog for other tips!
To learn more about how Acutrack can help you achieve your goals, talk to one of our experts.