Book Cover Design Formula: Create Book Covers That Captivate Readers: Complete DIY Book Cover Design Guide for Self-published and Indie Authors
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- Publisher : Independently published (December 31, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1792830718
- ISBN-13 : 978-1792830716
- Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.34 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #473,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is a 'must read' for authors and also helpful for book cover designers.
One or two web links are broken (not working), rest everything is fantastic.
I've read another book before from a supposedly top designer and only found generalities in it.
In this one, however, everything is head-on. Easy to understand, telling the necessary details, showing us covers as examples. I cannot imagine a better book for a beginner. Thank you, Anita!
Top reviews from other countries
Mainstream writers will probably employ a professional designer but for the self publisher this investment will mostly prove too expensive. Some are lucky in that they may know of a student going through Art College who will produce an acceptable cover at a low fee, or even for free, for a chance to include it in their CV. Others might know of a family member or friend who is willing to do this for them cheaply or again for free. There are also cut price offers online from sites such as Fiverr. But often the cover they produce will not be of good quality. The alternative is to attempt to do it yourself which invariably leads to a mess. But this book guides the do-it-your-self publisher through the process while pointing out the pitfalls of such an approach along the way.
I was fortunate to acquire the guide when I was about to launch my forthcoming novel, "Magic Bullets". I am most glad I did but only time and the comments I expect to receive from those who follow my work will allow me to reflect accurately whether I made the right choice. However, I do know that the final cover choice was down to me and not the fault of this guide or its author. I thoroughly recommend it for any writer even those who employ professional help as it will prove invaluable in choosing between the various designs such a professional might come up with.
To be upfront Anita Nipane gave me an early preview copy, however, I have not allowed that to influence my review in any way.
You could write an encyclopedia on design and still have material left over so I was wondering how she'd balance the need to explain sometimes complicated design philosophies with simple to follow instructions for new authors. I'm pleased to say she's managed it admirably.
This book is a clean and concise guide to explain exactly what elements need to be considered to design an effective book cover. She provides enough information to enable someone to create a cover without blinding them with too much technical detail. Having run a graphics design team I know the difficult balancing wire she trod to create this book and I think it would be a great help to anyone trying to understand the process of cover design so they can manage their designer more efficiently or an author who wants to create their own book cover.
If you want to know more about book cover design then this book's for you.
It’s aimed at beginners. If you have spent three years at Graphics Design college, then this book may actually be a wrap up of all that. Written so you can understand it.
I enjoyed this book because of the excellent content but also because Ms Nipane includes a lot of free resources and links to interesting material. A lot of writers these days seem to only include links to their own work so that their book becomes a huge ad for themselves but Ms Nipane doesn't do this - she generously links to all sorts of useful resources and that makes this a very useful book. The links to free graphic design programs and resources are particularly useful.
There are occasionally a few errors in the English as it's not Ms Nipane's first language but the minor errors didn't get in the way of the excellent information. (I wish I spoke a foreign language as well as Ms Nipane communicates in English.)