Elements Of A Cover


It’s important to pare back an eBook cover to its essential elements and to make some hard choices, given how little cover real estate you have in ‘shopping’ situations.

You should try to narrow your cover to a single focus. While you might be able to highlight several selling points in a printed book cover, your eBook cover should do one thing well.

Your cover design will essentially be built up from three layers:

  • Background
  • Image
  • Type

When you’re thinking about the overall concept, keep these three layers in mind and try to build a design in which the three layers work together to convey the mood and the message.

Mood and context

Your overall design should convey a broad sense of the eBooks’ subject matter or style. The place to start is a review of books in the same genre or subject. A romance, a thriller and a fantasy…

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