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Beth Matuska

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Kindle cover vs. print cover
Posted: Sep 12, 2017 7:14 PM
 
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So, I am creating a cover for my print version of my kindle e-book, but I am having trouble with the image. The photos for print generally have to be higher-resolution than for Kindle and I ended up reformatting. The problem was, when I use kindle cover creator, the choices look fairly different, due to the fact that there needs to be a back cover. So, my photo is a deer eating a newspaper, but that photo stretched out makes the cover be the back half of the deer! Not exactly attractive.
What I am mainly wondering is, can I make the cover for my print version different, or does it have to be the exact same? I already had to reformat the text and photos inside the book because of resolution and size.
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Donna St Felix

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Re: Kindle cover vs. print cover
Posted: Sep 12, 2017 7:25 PM   in response to: Beth Matuska in response to: Beth Matuska
 
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Beth Matuska wrote:
So, I am creating a cover for my print version of my kindle e-book, but I am having trouble with the image. The photos for print generally have to be higher-resolution than for Kindle and I ended up reformatting. The problem was, when I use kindle cover creator, the choices look fairly different, due to the fact that there needs to be a back cover. So, my photo is a deer eating a newspaper, but that photo stretched out makes the cover be the back half of the deer! Not exactly attractive.

Have you investigated Canva.com ? When done threre, save it as a JPEG.

What I am mainly wondering is, can I make the cover for my print version different, or does it have to be the exact same? I already had to reformat the text and photos inside the book because of resolution and size.

The covers should be the same. Once you have the cover for the paperback done, you can use that as the cover for the Kindle version.
Hopefully you are doing your paperback as CreateSpace (also Amazon) where you have more options on varied things.
Ward Rogers

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Re: Kindle cover vs. print cover
Posted: Sep 12, 2017 7:39 PM   in response to: Beth Matuska in response to: Beth Matuska
 
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You don't design a wraparound cover by actually stretching your front cover all the way around the book. I'd be surprised if you could find any book in a bookshop where that was done. You don't necessarily have to have the same covers on e-book and print editions, but most people seem to...it is what the customers see and how they will judge your book. As to what you put on your back cover, that's up to you. If you look at the backs of a random couple dozen commercially published paperbacks, you might get some good ideas. As to resolution, yes, your graphics need to be at least 300 dpi, something you control through your graphics software. Good luck.
Beth Matuska

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Posted: Sep 12, 2017 7:51 PM   in response to: Donna St Felix in response to: Donna St Felix
 
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So, is there a simple way to make the Kindle cover the same as the print cover? Because when I tried to re-create the cover I used for the Kindle version, none of the options that Cover Creator presented were the same. I could make it close, but I couldn't even get the colors to match.
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Posted: Sep 12, 2017 10:36 PM   in response to: Beth Matuska in response to: Beth Matuska
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Beth Matuska wrote:
So, is there a simple way to make the Kindle cover the same as the print cover? Because when I tried to re-create the cover I used for the Kindle version, none of the options that Cover Creator presented were the same. I could make it close, but I couldn't even get the colors to match.

I assume you are trying to make a paperback at the Kindle site. That is a BETA program and there is much you cannot do there.
Most of us who have been doing books a while do the paperbacks at CreateSpace and we do NOT click on anything to send us or our book to the Kindle site.

Once you have your cover made at CreateSpace, they show you an enlarged view to proof. Use a 'snipping tool' to copy and save the front page to your computer as a JPEG. I save a copy of the full view also.

When you then go to the Kindle site to do a digital book, upload that front page JPEG. Again, do not go to the Kindle site thru CreateSpace!

Per the matching titles and author name, the two will merge on the site within a week for buyer viewing.
Notjohn

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Re: Kindle cover vs. print cover
Posted: Sep 13, 2017 4:09 AM   in response to: Donna St Felix in response to: Donna St Felix
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Beth, the CreateSpace cover wizard has an option just for this situation. (I used it on my Guide.) You upload the front cover, then do the back cover and the spine online. It's not bad.

Canva is very good for making a front cover, but I don't think it has a print edition option.

You will find that for the print edition, you must allow for trim on the three outside edges (top, bottom, right side). Make sure this doesn't endanger the design or title or byline.

@Ward: my longest-running book, in print since 1991, 140,000 copies sold, has a wraparound image: front cover, spine, and about half the back cover. It was first designed by a professional, and I have copied it for the CreateSpace edition, with the artist's permission. (Indeed, he sent me a hi-rez version of the painting, an incredibly generous thing to do.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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H R N

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Posted: Sep 13, 2017 5:46 AM   in response to: Beth Matuska in response to: Beth Matuska
 
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How about creating a new different cover and calling it " 2nd Edition" of the book....?
Egbuna Chukwueb...

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Posted: Sep 14, 2017 6:01 PM   in response to: H R N in response to: H R N
 
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Please if i publish my paperback on createspace how long will it take for to be able to publish it in kindle format?
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Egbuna Chukwuebuka wrote:
Please if i publish my paperback on createspace how long will it take for to be able to publish it in kindle format?

Immediately.
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