Ebook Cover Design — How We Did It
July 9, 2012 | Rants
As you all are hopefully aware thanks to the conspicuously placed cover on this page, we recently released an eBook, Tastes Like Human: The Shark Guys’ Book of Bitingly Funny Lists. (A book that has been called, to just click over to the Amazon page and pluck out a phrase at random, “[a] hysterically funny collaboration of sick and twisted reality”.)
The eBook publishing process might seem attractive to some as really all you need to have to publish is basic computer literacy, a live internet connection and patience for all the fields you have to fill out on Amazon. But distinguishing oneself from the pack takes a bit more effort — editing beyond a search for squiggly red lines in Word, having the book formatted in such a way that Kindle users are not treated to one of your pearly lines per page, and, of course, a cover that looks like something beyond what could conceivably have been produced by a home computer in 1986.
We went through a long process before settling on the designer who created the very rock and roll final cover that Tastes Like Human had. And we’ve documented how that all played out, including the terrific covers we passed on — like the one above — over at Caustic Cover Critic in a two part guest blog on eBook cover design, the first from our perspective and the second from that of our patient designer, Ian Shimkoviak.