Thank you to each of you who participate. I know by virtue of the process that only one final winner can be chosen. Yet I want you to know how much I appreciate all who participate. Thank you for lending your creative genius to this project. I wish you all the success you can handle :-) -- Evan Griffith
DESIGN NOTES & SPECS
BOOK DIMENSIONS: 5.5" x 8.5"
-- Ebook cover version: 5.5" x 8.5"
-- Print cover version: 12" x 8.5" (i.e. wraparound front, back, and 1" spine)
The back cover should be pretty simple; feel free to use your imagination, but you can keep it as simple as having an author photo, with a short bio below it, centered on the page.
Leave space on the bottom back cover for the ISBN bar code
Back Cover Text and Bio is attached.
SPECIFIC DESIGN NOTES:
I'm looking for simple, bold and spacious.
One image or graphic element, if any are used at all. Can be all typographic if preferred.
Must be compelling. Even when reduced down to thumbnail size.
You will see from the book covers below that I like simplicity and high contrast. A white, off-white, or one-color background with lettering that leaps forward. Maybe one simple image to drive the concept home.
INSPIRATION TO CONSIDER:
Books covers I like:
GENERAL DESIGN NOTES:
-- The ebook version will be cover only
-- The print version will be spine, front cover, and rear cover
-- When the contest is complete, I will require the layered PSD file at 300 DPI, so a designer can set up the print ready file.
-- Please expect 2 to 3 minor rounds of edits after design is chosen. For tweaking of text, etc., if needed.
-- Author photo is attached
Requirements for the size of your cover art:
• Minimum of 1000 pixels on the longest side
• Ideal height/width ratio of 1.6
For better quality, we recommend that images be 2500 pixels on the longest side.
Kindle Direct Publishing accepts two types of files for cover images:
JPEG, or .jpeg
TIFF, or .tif(f)
Product images display on the Amazon website using RGB (red, green, blue) color mode. RGB is the color mode native to the web and many color screen displays, as these three colors displayed at varying levels of intensity create over 16 million colors.
Use color images whenever possible and relevant. The Kindle reading device has a black and white screen today but Kindle applications for other devices, such as iPhone or PC, take advantage of color fonts and images.
Must be noticeable and "pop" at postage stamp size 7/8" by 1"
Make sure the title and subtitle can be read clearly.
Use images that are crisply delineated
Use bold fonts that make the headline instantly readable
Use simple images
The title should be legible on a small scale.
The cover should make someone want to know more about the book based on a 5 second glance