Where To Buy Your e-Book Covers

Jun 13 21:00 2004 Dan J. Fry Print This Article

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Visual appeal is the first step toward making a sale online.
People have a great ability to scan a web page quickly before
reading anything about a site. Its important to capitalize on
this aspect by providing a great visual stimulus. e-Book cover
art has come a long way in the past 5 years. High density
graphics can really make your product stand out,Guest Posting labeling it with
a high degree of professionalism and credibility.

Throughout the course of my research into the best design tools I
have uncovered that the saying "you get what you pay for" holds
all too true with cover design. Here is a review of my results.
It is broken down into two categories: (1)software, and; (2)
design services.

Software/Templates

If you perform a search on Google of e-book covers there really
is only a few software products that dominate the first few pages
of results.

(1) eCover Generator by Armand Morin The cost, $97, is about the
price of some personally designed single covers. It is the first
major player is eCover software. You can create 2d and 3d book
and software boxes, and recent upgrades enable you to create cd
and spiral notebook covers as well. No other software needed to
use eCover Generator. Armand is giving away 6 other e-books with
purchase. Very professional looking samples created with this
software. Windows 95/98/2000/ME/XP compatible.
http://www.ecovergenerator.com

(2) eBook Cover Central This is actually a mix between templates
and design service, not software. They will design your cover
starting at $39.95. This is not a bad price considering some
charge upwards of $100. You also receive three different images
sizes of your design. Template packages start at $9.95 for 25
pre-made templates. You only need to insert your text and any
other pictures that you wish to have on the cover. For $49.95 you
can purchase a lifetime Gallery membership, entitling you to over
540 images and templates. http://www.ebookcovercentral.com

(3) Cover Software Pro This software, priced at $97, is actually
a plugin for Adobe Photoshop. So, you need to have it (~$200) in
order to use the software to create your cover. It also comes
with a 40 minute instructional video on using the software to
design not only covers but entire web sites. The samples
displayed at the site look quite nice. Apart from having to
purchase Photoshop, this appears to be a good deal.
http://www.coversoftware.com

(4) Online Web Creations offering free covers without text. All
images are fixed. There is a link through their site to a utility
for adding text. Fairly limited but it is free. These are not the
highest quality images, but I suppose you get what you pay for!
http://www.onlinewebcreations.com/ebooks.html

Design Services

There are more companies offering services to design and produce
a one time cover than there are software products. I cannot tell
one from the other. All appear to produce quality products. I
also am not sure what they use as graphical software, but I
imagine it is something along the lines of Adobe Photoshop, 3D
Studio, Micrographix, or something similar.

(1) Killer Covers e-Book covers designed specifically for your
product at $117. They also design software boxes and e-zine
covers. I recommend taking a look at the samples. Very
professional results. http://www.killercovers.com

(2) eBook Cover Art This is not software but a service. $99 for a
professionally designed e-book cover. Nice graphics but the site
is rather unconvincing. http://www.ebook-cover-art.com

(3) Dynamite Covers Professionally designed covers starting at
$99.95. This company is owned by Simon Grabowski, CEO of
GetResponse autoresponder, Implix Corp. After processing your
payment online you are taken to a form which will let you choose
your style and provide more personal information such as title,
your name, business/product topic, etc. The guarantee a cover in
5 days or less from the date of order. Booklets, newsletters,
web-based membership cards, CD and video boxes, and tapes are all
available. Your finished cover is sent to you as an optimized
graphic by either e-mail or over the web.
http://www.dynamitecovers.com

(4) Perfect Covers Covers designed on an individual basis,
starting at $87. You can choose from e-book, report, or e-zine
cover, software box, report cover, membership card. In 3d you can
request multiple sizes. For a flat 2d image you receive the
graphic in three different sizes. You can receive add-ons such as
a matching web site header for an additional cost.
http://www.perfectcovers.com

(5) Max Covers e-Book covers and e-book mini-site graphics all in
a single package for $149.99. The package includes a 3d image of
your cover in three different sizes, matching mini-site header,
matching order button, a 2d cover image, a matching footer image,
and a matching background image for your site. Site owned by and
design work by Max Rylski. Two years experience in site and
graphic design. He offers a 72 hour turnaround time on the first
draft of your cover. One very nice bonus is that he includes the
cover design Photoshop files along with the fonts used just in
case you need to modify anything at a later date.
http://www.maxcovers.com

(6) Absolute Covers Will design e-book, cd, e-zine and magazine
covers as well as covers for reports and such. You must contact
them for a free quote. Offers anywhere from 48 hour to 5 days for
a finished product. You don't have to pay until you are satisfied
with your product. Quite unheard of in this business. You will
also get a banner image, order button, a basic web site template,
a 2d image of your cover, and a matching icon.
http://www.absolutecovers.com/5/index.php

Unless you knew about the contents of a book prior to purchasing
it, would you buy a book with a torn, faded, or even blank cover?
I am betting you will say no. I know the title would need to be
very compelling to convince me to purchase. This is why it's
important to have a professional design for your info product
cover. On the inside its content that matters. But to stimulate a
sense of credibility, you need to 'tickle' the visual appeal.

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