Never judge a book by its cover – except that many people do. Your Booktrack cover is one of the most important first impressions for a reader, so it makes sense to make it as attractive and attention-grabbing as possible.
If you're a self-published author who wants to design their own eBook cover, we've got you covered with some easy tips to get started.
Designing a cover is easy if you're using Booktrack Studio. Just hit the "create a cover" button when you get to the publish screen and we'll walk you through the process. You can choose to use our free cover editor (which comes with a free-to-use photo library), where you can add some text to an image, or upload your own pre-made cover.
When deciding what photo or illustration to use for the background of your book cover, an important factor to consider is genre. Have a look around the Booktrack library, or other websites such as Pinterest, for interesting-looking covers in your genre. What draws you to them? While you don't have to follow all genre conventions, they often exist so readers can easily identify what might interest them, so think carefully before breaking the "rules".
There are many websites that sell licensed images from professional photographers and designers for a very reasonable cost. Just search online for "stock photos" and pick a website within your price range. When buying images, remember to get the highest quality possible.
There are many free cover design tools that you can find online by searching for "free photo editing" or "free online photo editor". Photo editors help you create book covers easily by offering simple templates that remove a lot of the hard work out of cover design. You can use these tools to do basic editing like tweaking color and sharpness, resizing, and trying different fonts.
Almost as important as the background image to your Booktrack cover is the font. A good font can speak volumes. It's best to have a font that's easy-to-read in terms of font type and size. The rule of thumb is that your title should always be in a bigger/clearer font than your name. Each book genre has different typefaces that are common to that genre, so do your research.