Better Book Cover Design.
A book cover that is functional, provides the title, any subtitle, and author of the book. A great book cover conveys a teaser to the book’s content. This can be done with typography, images, or both. Content is one thing, but a book cover has to say, “Buy me. I have something to say.” The back cover also has a message. A completely blank back cover is simplicity, whether left as the color of the paper, of print in one PMS ink. But, it is additional “real estate”. In addition to the barcode in the lower right hand corner, a savvy author can add reader quotes, a brief description about the book, and perhaps another image.
Content is one thing, but a book cover has to say, ‘Buy me. I have something to say.’
Large Titles Work Better on a Book Cover
Self-publishers can make mistakes with a front cover. The cover is the invitation for someone to buy the book. While small type book title might make a beautiful statement, will it show up when a cover is reduced to fit the typical book on Amazon. See the photo above. The book’s title design look fine in the larger sized images. But, which of the small sized images look the best when viewed on Amazon? Use a type size that viewers can easily read.
Terms. Knowing the difference between a Cover, a Cover Wrap, and a Dust Jacket
Cover — The front cover of any book. But, the front, back, and spine of a book are considered the cover for printing purposes.
Cover Wrap — The covering material used on the grey board of a hard case book. It may be cloth, paper, vinyl, bonded leather, or leather. Often the paper is printed with a design similar to the dust jacket.
Dust Jacket — A loose paper wrapping for a hard case or perfect bound book. Also called a jacket, it has inside front cover and inside back cover flaps. The dust jacket and flaps often contain promotional information.
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