Bookshelf | Reports | Community | KDP Select

Home » Amazon KDP Support » Ask the Community » General Questions

Thread: Ebook cover to CreateSpace Print book


This question is answered. Helpful answers available: 2. Correct answers available: 1.

Reply to this Thread Reply to this Thread Search Forum Search Forum Back to Thread List Back to Thread List

Permlink Replies: 10 - Pages: 1 - Last Post: Nov 6, 2017 6:17 AM Last Post By: John Sandman
Gail Leaphart

Posts: 2
Registered: 11/02/17
Ebook cover to CreateSpace Print book
Posted: Nov 3, 2017 6:48 PM
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
My name is Gail and I have just listed my first ebook (A Heartbeat From Eternity) in pre-order status and used a standard Kindle cover for ebook. My question is can I use the same cover for a printed book if I go through CreateSpace? If so, how? If not, what have others done to make the print book cover look like the ebook? Thanks for any help or suggestions you might be able to give!
cdalebrittain

Posts: 11,116
Registered: 03/05/11
Re: Ebook cover to CreateSpace Print book
Posted: Nov 3, 2017 7:39 PM   in response to: Gail Leaphart in response to: Gail Leaphart
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
You can't use a Kindle Cover Creator cover at CreateSace, but CS has their own cover creator, so you can come up with something very similar to what you already have. Good luck!
Gail Leaphart

Posts: 2
Registered: 11/02/17
Re: Ebook cover to CreateSpace Print book
Posted: Nov 4, 2017 5:59 AM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
Thanks for the response!!! Have a blessed day!!!
Elodie

Posts: 698
Registered: 03/23/14
Re: Ebook cover to CreateSpace Print book
Posted: Nov 4, 2017 7:54 PM   in response to: Gail Leaphart in response to: Gail Leaphart
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
Gail have a look at this:
You can use something similar for your ebook + print.
(If you want to use it, lemme know, and I'll adjust it to how you want it).
Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Edited by: Elodie on Nov 4, 2017 8:29 PM edited for typo. Damn wine!
Joseph M Erhardt

Posts: 4,455
Registered: 12/21/15
Re: Ebook cover to CreateSpace Print book
Posted: Nov 4, 2017 8:25 PM   in response to: Gail Leaphart in response to: Gail Leaphart
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
One other thing to note: E-book covers can have writing and "important" cover elements anywhere on the cover, without problems. A paperback cover needs to have "unimportant" material in the "unreliable" areas of the cover (top, right side and bottom). So when I do a cover for an e-book, I already make sure the title & author don't get too close to the edge, so that I can re-use the cover for the paperback version.
Notjohn

Posts: 22,965
Registered: 02/27/13
Re: Ebook cover to CreateSpace Print book
Posted: Nov 5, 2017 6:18 AM   in response to: Gail Leaphart in response to: Gail Leaphart
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
You could try this: go to Fiverr and ask for bids on building a paperback cover (let's say 5.5 x 8.5 inches) that will replicate your ebook. For a good job, you will need to provide back cover text and maybe an author image, and the designer must know how many pages the book is. Or you can pick the Cover Wizard option where you simply upload the front cover image, then build your own back cover and spine.

Don't forget that a paper cover must "bleed" on the outside edges, so the front cover must have a spare quarter-inch or so on the top, bottom, and right side.

You can probably get this done on Fiverr for $11 or so. Be aware that the designers are in Africa and South Asia, so their language skills are not good, and they tend to bid on everything without thinking about it. So you must be patient. But if you don't like the result, you get a credit for the work except for the dollar that Fiverr charges on a transaction.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)

Good luck! -- NJ

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting

The blog:
http://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com
John Sandman

Posts: 68
Registered: 03/21/17
Re: Ebook cover to CreateSpace Print book
Posted: Nov 5, 2017 1:35 PM   in response to: Joseph M Erhardt in response to: Joseph M Erhardt
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
Hi Joseph:

Here's a question in response to a message of Nov. 5 if you see this. You say in part:

...A paperback cover needs to have "unimportant" material in the "unreliable" areas of the cover (top, right side and bottom). So when I do a cover for an e-book, I already make sure the title & author don't get too close to the edge, so that I can re-use the cover for the paper back version."

When you say "don't get to close to the edge" are you referring to the left edge of the book where the spine are the cover are joined? How would you define "too close"? An 1/8 of an inch? A 1/4 of an inch?

Thanks,
John Sandman

writerbn

Posts: 5,234
Registered: 05/12/12
Re: Ebook cover to CreateSpace Print book
Posted: Nov 5, 2017 2:19 PM   in response to: John Sandman in response to: John Sandman
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
If you use Createspace, the trim area will be clearly marked in red on the PDF cover template that you downloaded. All you have to do is keep your text away from that zone.
John Sandman

Posts: 68
Registered: 03/21/17
Re: Ebook cover to CreateSpace Print book
Posted: Nov 5, 2017 2:45 PM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
Thanks. Could you estimate the width of the trim area for an average (250 pps) paperback book? 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch, etc.?
Joseph M Erhardt

Posts: 4,455
Registered: 12/21/15
Re: Ebook cover to CreateSpace Print book
Posted: Nov 5, 2017 2:54 PM   in response to: John Sandman in response to: John Sandman
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
John Sandman wrote:
Hi Joseph:

Here's a question in response to a message of Nov. 5 if you see this. You say in part:

...A paperback cover needs to have "unimportant" material in the "unreliable" areas of the cover (top, right side and bottom). So when I do a cover for an e-book, I already make sure the title & author don't get too close to the edge, so that I can re-use the cover for the paper back version."

When you say "don't get to close to the edge" are you referring to the left edge of the book where the spine are the cover are joined? How would you define "too close"? An 1/8 of an inch? A 1/4 of an inch?


My guess is that I give the top, right and bottom 1/2 inch of unimportant stuff, minimum. I do wind up having to tweak stuff a little every time, but if, e.g., your title & author is in a different layer from your background image, playing with the position of text would not be that big a problem. What you definitely want to watch out for is other critical stuff too close to the edge, e.g., a shadowy figure peeping out from behind a tree at what is going on in the foreground. I would give the spine a small amount of buffer--maybe 1/5 inch, just to play it safe. BUT you don't generally want stuff so close to the spine as to debalance the front cover. Again, you'll probably have to fiddle just a bit.
John Sandman

Posts: 68
Registered: 03/21/17
Re: Ebook cover to CreateSpace Print book
Posted: Nov 6, 2017 6:17 AM   in response to: Joseph M Erhardt in response to: Joseph M Erhardt
 
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
A belated thanks, John
Legend
Helpful Answer
Correct Answer

Point your RSS reader here for a feed of the latest messages in all forums