Cover to Cover

All book covers have distinct characteristics and are usually similar from one book to the other.

Front of the book

Front of the book

This area may contain the book’s title, author’s name, artwork, illustrator’s name and photographer’s name. If the book has a forward, the individual’s name who wrote the forward may be listed. If the book has received special accolades, such as best selling, number one on a list, then it could be noted on the cover as well.

Back of the book

This area may contain a synopsis, price, barcode, ISBN, author’s photograph and artwork.

The back cover is one of the most important features of the book. Besides an attractive front cover, an equally attractive back cover is necessary. The readers will look for information regarding why they should purchase your book. Therefore, the back cover should quickly grab the reader’s attention, telling them about the content, but only enough to intrigue them to purchase the book.

Profit is made on books sold not books that sit on the shelf.

Spine and Binding Method

Books with a spine use perfect bind technology. Books without spines use other binding methods, such as saddle stitch, comb, or spiral. The spine may contain the book’s title, author’s name, publisher’s name or logo and ISBN.

Saddle-stitched is a term for stapled books.

If a book does not have enough pages, text may not be able to be printed on the spine. However, there may be other options, such as adding blank pages to the end or the begging of the book. 

The industry term for paper is stock.

More information: To design the front and back of a book, I’ve used Canva, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop. There are programs all over the internet to help you generate a book cover as well. Most self-publishing platforms have a book cover generator on their website.  Otherwise, contact me and will design your book cover


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