Monday, May 5, 2014

A fake book can look real and be real useful

The books shown above don't exist yet.

The covers shown above were made weeks ago. The books go on sale this week.

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 and realism than a flat printout or monitor image can provide. 

Also: A picture of a printed book can help to sell ebooks.

If you have a flat cover image, it can magically become a realistic picture of a book at  I've been a happy customer for years.

You can choose from a huge selection of book types, and even CD-ROMs, loose-leaf notebooks, iPads and multimedia packages. You can pay $14.95 per month or $99 per year for unlimited downloads. 
If you don't want to pay for a membership, you can pay a one-time download fee of $4.95 for a cover.

The tech support folks respond quickly 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. There are nearly 100 designs available. 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, text formatting and choosing background colors. Images are stored online and you can download both 2D and 3D images for different purposes. The site provides many background images, plus links to free illustrations.

The company even offers business cards and 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've had "photographs" of many books long before they were printed, and realistic renderings helped me avoid major mistakes and make major improvements. 
(above) I designed the cover at the left  about 18 months ago. I designed the version on the right about six months ago. It will evolve more before publication. You can left-click on the image to enlarge if you want to read the subtitle.

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

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