Book Cover Design
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Friday 31st October 2014
Chatting to a friend (who works within the publishing industry) we talked about the place of the book cover design within the book industry and how it’s role has changed over the years, of course it’s come a long way since its beginnings of simply acting as protection for the delicate pages within the book itself.
In medieval times manuscripts were hand-bound using such luxurious materials as silver, gold and studded with jewels, these protective covers not only showed how important the books were but also gave superb protection (with the pages inside being hand-made). It carried on in this way for hundreds of years until the early nineteenth century when the use of mechanical binding was employed.
The materials used were a lot cheaper and the mechanical process made printing quicker and more affordable too, it also paved the way for the covers to be printed upon and so the front cover became a source of advertising as well as an ornate form of protection.
But the more striking designs and real movement of the book cover design came in the early part of the twentieth century, the Art Nouveau movement stimulated this and with the likes of Alexander Rodchenko we see the book cover taking on striking designs that took the art form to another level.
And like any form of art the book cover has changed dramatically over the decades, as tastes and fashions alter so do our choice of art and artists, if you look at the covers which adorned the books in the stores of the 70’s and 80’s you’ll see a vast difference in comparison to today’s book covers.
In fairness the processes have altered too, with the move to digital, a book cover can be created without the artist ever having to put paint on paper. The modern software suites enable the creative designer to conjure up images which would have used the resources of several mediums and many other artists.
But the book cover design is still a form of advertising, and again talking with my friend the publisher it is a point which shouldn’t be forgotten by an author. The misleading phrase ‘not to judge a book by its cover’ gets us to think about the effect of any form of advertising or the way in which we pre-judge something based on the way it looks. This is however something that is hardwired into our psychology, we have evolved over time to make quick assumptions based upon the way something (or someone) looks, you wouldn’t eat a rotten apple because you’d make the assumption based on how it looks, you’d make that assumption very quickly and without too much conscious thought either.
The major advertising agencies of the world know this and base any form of advertising around the beliefs and assumptions of human behaviour, now this will alter from country to country too, as cultural references will alter from different places around the globe. As such, you will see one book on sale in Europe may well sport a different cover design to its copy on sale in the USA.
When it comes to the use of design and its role for advertising your book upon the shelves of the eBook store you need to pay close attention, for example, the choice of eBooks on Amazon’s Kindle is now over 2.5 million, this means the viewer/buyer/potential reader has masses of choice right at their fingertips. If they make the split second assumption that your book isn’t worth considering
As an author or publisher you’ll want only the best for your book, a creative and professional book cover design will help your work stand out upon the shelves, appeal to your readership and increase its sales whether it’s online or in-store.
We are a book cover design company who create covers which are beautiful, creative and show the concept behind your work in a way specific to your genre and needs. Working with clients from all over the world we pride ourselves on a committed work ethic, great service and attention to detail.
We offer a package to suit every budget starting with our fantastic Pre-made book cover design service, moving on to our tailored design package, these are one-off creations made specifically around your book's concept (created for both eBook and printed books alike). We also offer a design service for many of the promotional materials which will help with the launch and sale of your book too.
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We specialise in designing book covers that are both unique and beautiful with an attention to detail and a clear focus on each and every one of our clients, from the beginning to the completion of your project our designers work hard to ensure you’re delighted with your new book's cover.
Using the latest industry leading applications and Adobe software we ensure the highest standards and are able to work on a wide range of styles and mediums. We create designs for use with ebooks, with the likes of Kindle, ipad, Nook, Barnes & Noble being some of our most popular.
Along with the ebook designs we of course create great covers for the more traditional printed book, we design for hardbacks, paperbacks and full dust jackets, all with the same dedication, passion and respect.
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Milo Spires (book cover design - JD&J)
The world is now failing as mother-nature loses her grip and the vampires choose to fight back and the humans are to blame. What good is immortality without a planet to live on?
With the global release of Werewolves imminent, a vision from a good vampire many years before sees the sick & evil plan ahead. Scared that another war will start and this time maybe the Werewolves will win, they decided to intervene.
If the plan of releasing the beasts is to go ahead, a magical silver sword must be found but will this be the answer? having a spell placed over it by the Church many years prior. With a story involving a High Priest having a child with a nun and discarding her at birth, the evil vampires aim to use it to blackmail their way into having the spell released.
The story follows the girl Jenny, who lives in Brighton and was dumped on the steps of an orphanage, unknown to her is that her father (The High Priest) is soon to be approached by the vampires and that they know of her existence.
Chased through time, they MUST get Jenny at all costs, believing that she is the key to their persuasion, will the Church bow to them or will there be a holy war?
Vampire Uprising has an ending that YOU are guaranteed not to be able to predict.
FIXIN' TO DIE RAG
Roy Mark (book cover design JD&J)
FIXIN' TO DIE RAG is the true story of the helicopter pilots and their crews serving in Vietnam. It’s the story of those young warriors that were called to duty by conscience or country.
They flew many hazardous missions; they fought a deadly enemy; they prevailed against horrific odds; some good men died.
This is the story of Charlie Company of the First Cavalry Division’s 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion. They were decorated with many medals of valor and Purple Hearts—far too many Purple Hearts.
Fasten your seat belts and join them in the war-torn Vietnamese skies of 1970.
By Steven Loton (book cover design - JD&J)
In a gritty future dystopia, Turo is the world’s most lethal bounty hunter. This tough mercenary survives on a mix of booze, deadly narcotics, women – and his gift for snuffing out human life.
His only friends are the quasi-dictator who runs the city, a local drug dealer, and the artificial intelligence system within his flying car.
Turo has other big problems: He spent most of his life as an orphan with no memory of his father and only a silver chain and ring to remind him of the mother he briefly knew.
But when a deranged military commando from the past returns to exact revenge on Turo and the city he calls home, he must confront the dark secrets of his own history and the genetic experiments responsible for his superhuman powers.
Ophiuchus Cube – Book 1
By Hendrik de Jong (book cover design JD&J)
People knew that something was wrong when several stars vanished from the night’s sky.
The Cube appeared to a highly frightened Earth from the deep edges of space. Its landing was a disaster of epic proportions: covering half of the planet and killing billions of people in doing so. The planet then fell into chaos. Inevitably societies broke down. Many people turned to God for an answer.
But what next? Was this colossus friend or foe? Who sent the Cube to us, and what was its purpose? Where and when will it attack next? Will it simply leave, or will it stay?
Against this apocalyptic backdrop a host of unsavoury characters is set free. A serial rapist within China terrorises an innocent woman. A manic and drug addicted gang-leader in Russia fights to keep his dominance. And in the City of London a religious fanatic with a perverted mind and diabolic ideas works on reshaping the future. Pitted against these elements are the reluctant Rick, courageous Martin and autistic genius Thomas, who fight at unlocking the mysteries of the Cube and the chance to save mankind.
But this is a race against time, with a shocking revelation forcing everyone on Earth to choose.
Bathing and the single girl
By Christine Elise McCarthy
(book cover design - JD&J)
It’s true that the life of an actress in LA is not all glamour, money, and sleeping with rock stars. At times it's more along the lines of humiliation, red wine hangovers, and the terrible choices they lead to. Ruby Fitzgerald has hardly worked in years, not that anyone remembers her for anything other than a short stint on a long-canceled but iconic TV series. But that was back when her career seemed on the up and now awkward sex with regrettable men is doing nothing to take the edge off. Everything that once worked in her house is now going on strike, the unemployment checks barely covering the mortgage, and a self-respecting girl needs to be able to pay her bar bill too!! So the repairs stay on hold. One more bubble bath and several more cocktails. A gal can always be responsible tomorrow.
With everything beginning to stack against her, an increasingly despairing Ruby will have to find out if life's larger indignities are the result of bad luck, or a bad attitude. What follows is a walking tour of the hilarious depths you can sink to if you stop using your best judgment.
The Dawnlands Catch
By Sam Audley (book cover design - JD&J)
John Tyler & Tim Edgerton gradually begin to suspect that an offer of help from IT billionaire, Randall Hawke, has a catch, though they don’t realise until too late just how deadly it will be. With help from two unexpected sources, FBI Agent, Maria Ruiz, tracks the links between the kidnapping of a mining company executive in West Africa by an unknown jihadi group, the teething problems of a telecommunications joint venture in Singapore and the suspicious deaths of three successful business leaders in the USA. However, as she uncovers the real targets of the Dawnlands Project, the fatal nature of the catch becomes clear. Randall has been using his IT group as cover for pursuing his own criminal agenda and has misled people regarding his true intentions. In preventing further deaths, Maria and her team have a race against time to prove the extent of Randall Hawke’s involvement in the Dawnlands Project.
But ultimately, Randall can only be brought to trial if Tim becomes the man his father never thought he could be.
Clarity of Daylight
By DM Daye (book cover design - JD&J)
An outstanding collection of modern and classic poetry from the British born poet D.M.Daye. This collection reflects upon both the beauty and darkness in life with a subtly that brings a depth of experience to each work, sometimes stark but always true.
The writer takes you on a journey through a world which is both known and at the same time unspoken of, one that surrounds but is seen by few, a world which is outside your own front door but at the same time a million miles away.
These poems will stay with the reader a long time after the last page has been turned.
The retirement of Daniel Fairfax
By Robert Harrell (book cover design - JD&J)
For most of us, the move from work into retirement is a smooth one, but not for Daniel Fairfax.
After a lifetime career as a highly professional criminal, Daniel resigns himself to retirement at Her Majesty's pleasure. That is until luck hands him a perfect get out of jail free card, that even he never saw coming. But now he’s a fugitive and on the run from the law. Not only this, but he further complicates matters with a decision which also finds him on the run from his crime boss too. In this comic novel, Daniel makes his escape via the channel and travelling between Spain and France, all in a desperate attempt to secure his freedom and a safer future. However, nothing is ever that simple. It seems that his efforts to retire peacefully are thwarted by chance, and farce, through a series of hilarious circumstances that will have you sure that Daniel Fairfax will never achieve a peaceful retirement. Or will he?
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