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Saturday, 18 March 2017

New developments at Kindle Press

Yesterday several Kindle Press authors had a surprise - they were told their covers were going to be updated, and were sent the new images. No notice was given, or permission asked for that matter. It has to be said that KP covers, provided by the authors and sometimes designed by them, run the full range from fabulous (like this one or this one) to dire - what my mother used to refer to disparagingly as 'loving hands at home'. It's encouraging that Kindle Press is showing itself willing to invest in its books, and we all know that the right cover makes a lot of difference when it comes to attracting readers.

I designed my own covers. Now, while I'd be delighted if KP commissioned substitutes that were clearly better, I'm incredibly picky about anything visual and to satisfy me, they'd have to be brilliant - Deranged Doctor or Damonza at their very best.  Also, I prefer a 2:3 proportion, rather than the skinnier rectangle Amazon favours.

Here are some before and afters. What do you think?


8 comments:

  1. Of these four, I prefer the Kindle covers. Better, more attractive visuals and in the cases of Evelyn Marsh and Random Acts of Unkindness, seem to provide a bit more story information. I do think Kindle made a mistake in leaving off "a Time Travel Mystery" as a tagline for Timeless Moments.

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    1. Agreed about the tagline for Timeless Moments. And with the original Random Acts's typography I read it as 'Unrandom'.

      Did you notice I put Billy Twigg round the wrong way at first, with the new cover on the left? Corrected now.

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    2. No, I didn't! I like the "Star Wars Intro" type setting in the first one, but overall, those two are the least effective, imo.

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    3. I think the new cover may be very genre-specific, which never hurts sales. I still fret faintly that I didn't manage to fit a ghostly clock into the background of my time travel novels :o)

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  2. Billy Twigg is an improvement.

    The original of Timeless Moments has caught my eye several times when buried in a sea of other covers. The new one does look good though. I'll have to wait to see if it stands out in a crowd. I agree with Judith that I'd prefer to keep the descriptive 'A Time Travel Mystery'.

    The other two look a bit messy.

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    1. Yes, and I think I prefer the original treatment of the title for Timeless Moments too. The author name on Evelyn Marsh could be brighter.

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  3. I like the new ones! It's always a bit of a shocker when you don't know its coming though, isn't it?

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    1. I guess we should expect the unexpected - except just trying to do that makes me all jumpy and twitchy :o)

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