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Should I have a different eBook and Paperback cover?


Books now have two faces: one in the digital world and one in the printing world. The split of the two has brought with it different priorities in design. What works on a paperback will not work on an eBook, and vice versa. Should you consider two different book covers? Is this a trend that will pick up?

The benefits of having a different eBook and paperback cover:

  • I’ve not yet had an author ask for two different covers, but I expect it’s only a matter of time. I don’t envision this idea to be greatly practiced but it definitely has its benefits.
  • eBook covers are best viewed in black and white
  • eBook covers must have a clear message and typography at 180px high.
  • eBook covers are flat, and texture and definition of the paper doesn’t have any effect on the reader.

When I was convinced

I’m writing this blog post today because I was totally convinced this morning. It’s a question that’s been revolving around in my brain for a long time… is this something that should be offered more? What is the difference really?

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How does a book cover look in the early stages?


You’ve been waiting for it all week… the first visual concepts from your book cover designer… and they’re going to be AH-MA-ZING. You’ve seen everything else they’ve done and this is just going to be the icing on the cake.

A ping in your inbox; it’s here! You open it up and… what the hell is this?

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Imagine that designing is just like writing (because it truly is).

The first drafts are always, always the worst.

You’ve been dreaming and imagining for a while now, expecting you’ll be overwhelmed with the first magical round of design, but that’s not how design works. Design is a collaboration, and requires input from two people: The designer and the client.

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Standard book dimensions

Standard size of a book and understanding image size and resolution

What is the standard size of a paperback book? What about the images that go on the book cover? How can you find out if the image is the right size?

Standard book dimensions

This article is all about book size and dimensions, and to give you a little bit of knowledge about images. I won’t expect you to know as much as a designer should, but enough to get you by. This article is specifically for digital images- not vector images. Vector images are a whole other bag, and I’ll visit that separately.

Part 1: What is image resolution?

I’m going to try and make this as simple as possible. You might not get it straight away but I didn’t either. It took me a long time to get my head around it. Hey, you might be lucky! You might understand it straight away! Lord knows there’s enough information on the internet to find out but I’ll explain it in “image resolution for dummies” terms.

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