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Reverend Ryder

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Horrible cover image
Posted: Dec 23, 2017 2:17 AM
 
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Hello,

I have published my first book now in both eBook and paperback versions. I've had my cover professionally designed and have uploaded them. However, this is what happened:

https://ibb.co/dbGuVR

The image on the left is how the customers can see my book on Amazon and the image on the right shows a part of the exact image that I had uploaded.

The image that I had uploaded had a resolution of 3945x2775, so, there's no way KDP can claim that it's a resolution issue. Any idea how to fix this issue? They say "You can't judge a book by its cover". While that may be true, people still judge books by their covers and this issue worries me.

Above that, it's been 5 days since my book went "LIVE" but it still does not show up in Amazon search results (Only the paperback shows up, not the eBook).
Wilai Lattimore

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Re: Horrible cover image
Posted: Dec 23, 2017 3:57 AM   in response to: Reverend Ryder in response to: Reverend Ryder
 
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RR, Your book looks fine when I looked it up. Must be a problem with your computer.

Why have you got KDP's name and address in the front matter?

Edited by: Wilai Lattimore on Dec 23, 2017 4:06 AM
Reverend Ryder

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Re: Horrible cover image
Posted: Dec 23, 2017 4:24 AM   in response to: Wilai Lattimore in response to: Wilai Lattimore
 
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Just trying to give all the credit where its due. Regardless, when the KDP Select period is over, I might change the front matter then.

Apart from that, if you look at the image link I provided, there's clearly a difference. In the end, if the print looks fine, I wouldn't have a problem with it. But the eBook thumbnail looks fine though.

Thanks for your reply WL.
Pearl A Gardner

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Re: Horrible cover image
Posted: Dec 23, 2017 4:40 AM   in response to: Reverend Ryder in response to: Reverend Ryder
 
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Hi there,
I think you may be confusing resolution with size and this might be causing the blurred image.

Size is the actual height and width of the image, which seems a tad on the large size given the dimensions you put here.

Resolution is the actual pixels per inch or per cm.

Try resizing your image using 300dpi (dots per inch) and then bring it to approximately 1563px wide by 2500px height (which is the size KDP advise)
Hope that helps

Edited by: Pearl A Gardner on Dec 23, 2017 4:41 AM
Reverend Ryder

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Re: Horrible cover image
Posted: Dec 23, 2017 4:55 AM   in response to: Pearl A Gardner in response to: Pearl A Gardner
 
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Oh, the issue isn't the blurriness. It's supposed to happen when you downscale a 4k image to 333 x 450 image size. The issue is with the faded/washed out color. The black background seems more grey here, and the bluish aura behind the helmet is simply non-existent.
MR R J LAIDLER

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Re: Horrible cover image
Posted: Dec 23, 2017 5:57 AM   in response to: Reverend Ryder in response to: Reverend Ryder
 
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If you hadn't said it was a helmet I wouldn't have guessed. A cover has to work at thumbnail size and even if nothing had been lost in conversion it would still lack impact. The cover simply doesn't tell me anything about the book.
Sorry, but I think you need a new cover. :)
Wilai Lattimore

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Re: Horrible cover image
Posted: Dec 23, 2017 6:43 AM   in response to: Reverend Ryder in response to: Reverend Ryder
 
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RR, I agree with RJL. I was baffled by the image. It looks like one of those drawings psychiatrists show you and then ask what do you see? I see a battle between interstellar spaceships.
cdalebrittain

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Re: Horrible cover image
Posted: Dec 23, 2017 6:55 AM   in response to: Wilai Lattimore in response to: Wilai Lattimore
 
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I see a space critter. The bottom half has eyes and a weird mouth.

If your title and author name are exactly the same, the two versions of your book should link up within a few days and be accessible on the same product page. If they don't in a week, use the Contact Us link at lower right and ask KDP to link them. There's a simple form to fill out with the ASIN of the ebook and ISBN of the print book.

Have you gotten a copy of your paperback? Does it look OK?
Ralph E Vaughan

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Re: Horrible cover image
Posted: Dec 23, 2017 7:02 AM   in response to: Reverend Ryder in response to: Reverend Ryder
 
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Reverend Ryder wrote:
Just trying to give all the credit where its due. Regardless, when the KDP Select period is over, I might change the front matter then.

Apart from that, if you look at the image link I provided, there's clearly a difference. In the end, if the print looks fine, I wouldn't have a problem with it. But the eBook thumbnail looks fine though.

Thanks for your reply WL.


Your front matter is in violation of the TOS. You are the publisher, not Amazon or KDP. Terms and Conditions severely restrict usage of the names and logos associated with Amazon by authors in advertising and other media. Specifically author-publishers are not allowed to claim they are employees of Amazon or are endorsed or supported by Amazon. Your front matter creates the false impression that Amazon is your publisher. I'd change it sooner than later.

BTW, the cover looks fine, as far as colors, but doesn't have much impact as a thumbnail.
Jonathan B

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Re: Horrible cover image
Posted: Dec 23, 2017 7:27 AM   in response to: Reverend Ryder in response to: Reverend Ryder
 
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I had no idea of what the image on the cover was.

When I look at both images, though, the left one is mroe faded.
B.L. Alley

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Re: Horrible cover image
Posted: Dec 23, 2017 8:11 AM   in response to: Reverend Ryder in response to: Reverend Ryder
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First, a professional would understand contrast and cover layout. Get your money back.

Issues:

The background and image are both black.
The Title is too small (and why is RK STAR underlined?)
The Author is too small

Your master KDP image should be 1563 x 2500 or something very close to that. If you used CreateSpace your paperback cover image should have been 1837 x 2775 (plus the spin and back cover)
If you submitted a much larger image it needed to be scaled down which affects quality (DPI doesn't matter since you'd specify the pixel size rather than a print size). I can see the compression artifacts from scaling in the washed out version. You need to submit exactly what is called for to get the best result.

UPDATE:

Your kindle version isn't washed out but the poor composition still makes it impossible to see the image. No underline, either.The images should be the same.
Your books will not merge into one sale page because you submitted them under different names. You're also listing a person on one as the illustrator on one version but the editor on the other, with a completely different illustrator listed.

Edited by: B.L. Alley on Dec 23, 2017 9:10 AM

B.L. Alley

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Re: Horrible cover image
Posted: Dec 23, 2017 8:12 AM   in response to: Pearl A Gardner in response to: Pearl A Gardner
 
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DPI is irrelevant when working in pixels. DPI is only used for print.
Cynthia E. Gould

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Re: Horrible cover image
Posted: Dec 23, 2017 9:07 AM   in response to: Reverend Ryder in response to: Reverend Ryder
 
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Was the image CMYK instead of RGB? If your pro set it up for print, it may have been CMYK, which can bork when converted to RGB colours.

Open it in Photoshop, convert to RGB, perhaps increase the contrast 5%, then save as a different file.
B.L. Alley

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Re: Horrible cover image
Posted: Dec 23, 2017 9:16 AM   in response to: Cynthia E. Gould in response to: Cynthia E. Gould
 
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A pro should be familiar with the submission parameters, and proper composition. I smell another self-proclaimed 'expert' who is basing their expertise on having basic knowledge of an application.
Cynthia E. Gould

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Re: Horrible cover image
Posted: Dec 23, 2017 9:18 AM   in response to: B.L. Alley in response to: B.L. Alley
 
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Absolutely. I'm an actual professional graphic designer, and I can see 5 basic spacing issues just at a glance, but don't have the energy to get into that.

But the colour issue is a very common glitch for new designers - they have no idea how different the two colour systems are. Many don't even understand that there is a difference. sigh
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