Book covers have long been considered the most immediately important part of a book’s design. A book’s cover is the first thing a potential reader sees in a bookstore, and has the dual job of adequately invoking the book’s contents and being aesthetically pleasing. Before the popularity of ebooks and the ability to buy books online, book covers were seen in person, usually on a shelf. In more recent years, publishers must take into account how their book cover will look as a thumbnail, which drastically changes the requirements.
Do you like making your own schedule and choosing your own projects? Are you someone who doesn’t mind being home all day and is probably also a night owl? Chances are you’ve thought about being a freelancer, perhaps for design, editing, or marketing. The publishing world, like many other industries, is increasingly relying on outsourcing […]
Now, the issue of design as an ebook editor occurs when the epub file must be cleaned up. By “cleaned up,” I mean unnecessary tags removed. Imagine if someone got rid of all the span tags, including span class=”italics”, in all of the HTML files. Getting rid of the span tags means that the CSS file won’t be able to stylize the words previously marked by those tags.
As a self-published author, it may be intimidating to start with all of the online outlets claiming they can make your book the next bestseller. After all, you’re a writer, not a designer. To help make the process a little less intimidating, here is a brief list of options that can give your book the beautiful face it deserves.