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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Fake books can look real, and be real useful

These e-books don't exist yet,
but you can see them now.

It’s important to have a realistic "3D" picture of a book before it exists -- for publicity, seeking orders, and evaluating titles and cover designs with more impact than a flat printout or monitor viewing can provide. A picture of a printed book can also help to sell e-books.

If you have a flat cover image, it can magically become a realistic picture of a book at http://www.myecovermaker.com/

You can choose from a huge selection of book types, and even CD-ROMs, loose-leaf
notebooks, iPads and multimedia packages. Some pictures are freebies. Some other styles have to be paid for with an inexpensive membership ($9 per month, or $90 per year).
If you like a style that's not a freebie but don't want to pay for a membership, you can pay a one time download fee of $3.95 for that cover.

The tech support folks respond fast and have the right answers. Help is also available from users in the online forum.

The service is extremely easy to use, and an image takes less than a minute to render and download. New devices (Nook Color, Kindle Fire, MacBook Air) are added often, and there are format variations (back of book, stacks of books, books lying down and standing up, iPads and iPhones horizontal and vertical). You can also "make" non-books like DVDs and DVD packages, and you have various editing options including cropping, re-sizing and choosing background colors..

The company even offers a membership card format. I'm not sure how useful it is, but I had to try it. 


I was able to create the image of a video showing my faces. It's not particularly useful, but it might stimulate some thought.

I had "photographs"of these books long before they were was printed. (The book on the left doesn't exist yet. The book on the right is for sale.)


My publishing company could not function without My eCover Maker. Try it.

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1 comment:

  1. Amazon is having problems with other kinds of fake books too.

    http://gizmodo.com/fake-books/

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