What makes a successful book cover?

I explored the web to find out what makes a successful book cover design.

The cover of your book is important because it’s the first thing a reader sees. A successful cover will stop people in their tracks, evoke interest and portrays an accurate idea of what your book is about.

Be General and Open-Minded

The more general your cover idea is, the more likely we’ll be able to create a successful design. If your cover idea is too detailed, we may have difficulty creating a design that looks professional.

Don’t Show Too Much of Your Character

It may be tempting to show your book’s main character on the cover but this usually isn’t a very good idea. Most reader’s prefer to use their imagination to depict the story and characters in their head.

Be Simple, Strong and Symbolic

Refrain from depicting a specific scene on the cover of your book.

The book’s genre is important

The book cover should show what genre the book is. Look at these two book covers. It is an easy task to understand what kind of books are in front of you, right? A really good book cover “talks” to its readers through choice of typography, imagery and metaphor.

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Minimalism: Less is more!

Minimal style is timeless. It helps to focus on the book’s title and authors name.

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An achieve of Minimal book cover designs on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/designquixotic/book-covers/

Consider audience

Humans are visual creatures so give careful consideration to the book’s imagery.

What Makes a Good Book Cover according to Kyle Vahnemert of WIRE Magazine 

Of course, catching a potential book-buyer’s eye is only part of Mendelsund’s job. A truly great jacket is one that captures the book inside it in some fundamental and perhaps unforeseen way. As Mendelsund describes it, his job is “finding that unique textual detail that…can support the metaphoric weight of the entire book.” That, of course, requires actually reading a manuscript closely enough to A) determine the metaphoric weight of the book and B) find a handful of relevant details within it. In other words, making a great book cover isn’t just about making. It starts with understanding

Peter Mendelsund

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Peter Mendelsund is best known for his smart, witty, and visually arresting book jackets for Martin Amis, Ben Marcus, Stieg Larsson, Tom McCarthy, and James Gleick, among many others, as well as for his repackaging of classics by Simone de Beauvoir, Franz Kafka, and James Joyce. The associate art director of Alfred A. Knopf and the art director of Pantheon Books

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