Judging a book by its cover: Designing Book Blueprint (by Jacqui Pretty)

Today, we have a post written by an awesome client of ours, Jacqui Pretty of Grammar Factory. The post, about her experience of finding and working with us to receive a cover she eventually loved, was first published over on her site. Thanks to Jacqui for gracefully allowing us to repost this here. So without further ado, here it is: I have a mixed history with designers. You see, my significant other is a former graphic designer. Today he’s a training manager at a software company, but tends to take on a lot of design responsibilities there on the side of his main role. As a result, any time I’ve wanted to… Read More

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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… Read More

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? 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… Read More

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Standard size of a book and understanding image size and resolution

Standard book dimensions

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? 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… Read More