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How to Make an Ebook Cover: For Non-Designers by [Harper, Kate]
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  • File Size: 6313 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Berkeley Arts (September 5, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 5, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096FR8NW
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First, let's make clear. This book is NOT for those who already know how to work basic imaging applications. So if you already know how to use paint, paintshop, photoshop pro--- this book is not for you.

This book is for those who, not only do not know how to work these programs, but also don't have the funds to purchase these programs or the services of those who do.

The book goes through basic reasons why book covers are essential to creating sales. Remember that old adage of not judging a book by its cover? Yeah. This book blows that myth right out of the water.

It goes into detail why book covers are necessary, what types of fonts are best used on covers, AND details exactly how to use programs nearly anyone who doesn't have alot of funds might have access to.

The only reason why I couldn't give this book a grand 5 stars was because there were a few minor editing issues.

Otherwise, I learned things I didn't know about programs I already have, and will most likely create better covers as a result.

Awesome job :)
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This book offers two methods for designing an ebook cover for Kindle. One is using MS Word, the other method is Adobe Photoshop. I followed both methods step-by-step and they work fine. The intructions are clear for the MSWord method, and seems as if all of the steps are included. However, it seems the Photoshop method was rushed and missing several steps. I had a friend who is taking a Photoshop class help me figure it out or otherwise this part would have not made sense to me. Seems as if the author was in a hurry to end the book and just ended quickly without completely providing all the details for the final method. And after it was all said and done I scrapped both versions and started over with my own idea. The design ideas in this book are very simple, and to be honest a little ugly and not very professional looking. When I looked on Amazon Kindle there were very few if any ebook covers that follow this design style. My suggestion is to puruse the Kindle ebook store and see what other best selling authors are doing and try to emulate a professional looking cover based on the genre of your book. In any event, reading this book got me inspired to create an ebook cover for myself that in the end I was pleased with, so it was worth the money. If you know absolutely nothing about how to do text boxes and add pictures, this will help you learn that, but take the ideas here and use your own creativity to design something more visually appealing than what this author suggests.
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Kate's book contains clear, concise, and very approachable instructions on how to create an e-book cover. It is perfectly suited for the non-designer who has little-to-no access to design software, but wants to get into e-book publishing. Now more than ever, books ARE judged by their covers--especially e-books that are purchased online--so the small investment of money and time it takes to get your hands on this valuable information is well worth it.
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Kate Harper's How to Make an E-Book Cover is a must read for any author. Assuming you don't want to spend a lot of money to get your cover designed by a professional, these tips will make your book stand out amid the throng of other books. Don't get bypassed - get noticed, and Kate can show you how!
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If you're not technically inclined (graphics design wise), this book is for you. I was quite pleased with the step-by-step instructions the book has. I'm quite excited to see if I can do the cover of my next book myself. Thank you, Kate.
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This book clears up the mystery of creating quality e-book covers. The two tutorials are extremely informational and actually simple. If you have a few photos that you like, they can be made into covers, without that four hundred dollar creation charge, and really makes the cover yours. This book is definately worth your time and will help you finish the book project in style. Well worth the money!
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I took the plunge into cold water and used Kate's book to create the eBook cover for Four More Obama Years? available on Smashwords and Amazon. Take a look at that cover to and see what's possible for a complete novice.

I was challenged by Kate's idea that non-designers can use Word to create eBook covers. I'm a complete novice to design but I do use Word regularly.

Creating the cover picture (4 jokers on a rich red background) using the camera on my phone was fun and easy. However, learning how to get that image to `slide' under the text was not easy.

It would help to know which version of Word Kate uses. I use 2007 and it clearly is not what Kate uses. If the illustrations and pictures were bigger it would be easier to figure out how to do the various steps using different versions of Word.

Yes there are grammar and spelling errors. But Kate is right - it's better to get it published with some errors than to wait for perfection. Thanks Kate! And how about making those picture/ illustrations bigger?
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In just a few hours, I read this book, made, and had a finished attractive book cover. I did all of this using the software that I already owned. This book was easy and quick to read, this book saved me a lot of time.
If you do not want to make the same mistakes, someone else did when learning how to make his or her own E-book cover--this is the book for you. It is very intensive with "information," "image," and "how to," examples. It also describes things to avoid which I am certain that saved me hours of time.
This book is excellently formatted by a graphical artist to show an easy "ho to" process for each project step. Also, you can learn how to make a decent cover with only Microsoft Word in this book. There is no need to buy and learn Photoshop.
I definitely recommend Kate Harper's Books. See her others too.
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