Friends, if the art of sharing experiences with everyone is not learned, then those experiences would not have special significance. Those experiences remain confined to that single man, and perish with him. In India, there used to be a wave of spirituality. Spiritual learning was at its peak. But over time the tendency to share those disciplines began to stop. There were many reasons for that, which I do not want to go into depth. Gradually, many spiritual disciplines became extinct. In today’s times, websites and e-books are the most important means of sharing experiences. Therefore, it is important for everyone to have basic knowledge of website creation and self-publication. The ebook cover is the most important part of the ebook.
It should not be forgotten that the demand for eBooks has increased due to the Corona Virus Locadown, and will increase further. Publishing houses are also offering good discount offers. Blue Hills Publication is also offering discount of more than 50℅.
EBooks should be attractive
There was a time when people used to read books without cover. Their main purpose was the textual content of the book, not the cover. Now the time has changed. Nowadays people forget the text of the book in the glare of the cover. Many times, a book of excellent quality takes a very long time to succeed due to lack of cover, while the inferior book also succeeds due to dazzling cover. The reason for this is not that people get any special benefit from the cover of books. The real reason is that the whole world has access to e-books. If one lakh people out of 200 million readers also fell prey to the cover, then the book became successful. The second reason is cheapness of e-books. The third reason is the present-day materialism and outward view of living life.
The designing website that I found best to make a book cover
You’d be surprised that it took me 3 years to learn how to make a book cover. Canva dot com made my job a lot easier. For 3 years, my books were supported by book covers made by KDP itself. However those covers do not look beautiful and professional. I made a book cover on photo editor of adobe dot com. I had to do all the work myself, such as writing text on photos and editing it as desired. The resultant cover also did not look professional. I pasted butterflies, flowers, etc. on the cover photo of another book. The photo was pasted on a background plane paper at canva dot com. At that time I could not understand the full working of canva dot com. I got a chance to understand canva when I made a book cover through Blue Hills Publication for one of my books by paying 6000 INR along with getting my eBook promoted. Seeing 8 books of my remaining lot, the publisher said that my book covers did not look professional. Anyway, you have to lose something to get something.
How to do cover designing on canva
First create your account on the website and log in. Go to home. Here, there will be all your previous designs created by you. There is a custom dimension button. In this, we can create a cover of any size (pixel length by pixel width). This is necessary because every self-publishing platform has a different demand for eBook cover. KDP, Kindle Direct Publishing accepts a JPG image of 2500 by 1600 pixels. If you click on another option of ebook cover, then a smaller size cover (about 800 by 200 pixels) is created. Its size then has to be increased with different software. I found resizeimage dot in to be the best and easiest for this. Clicking the option of ebook cover or custom dimension, there opens a drop down menu. On top of that is the template button. This opens up hundreds of designs of books. Clicking on the template of any preferred design brings it to the working window on the right. Pressing the upload button from the left dropdown menu will show all the photos you have uploaded. Upload the desired photo from the computer by clicking on upload an image option. Drag that photo from there with the left button of the mouse and drop it on the selected template in the working window. Direct drop will paste it at a small space on the background of the template, as seen on the following book cover image in this post. That photo can be enlarged or reduced in size. To make that photo the background of the template, move the dragged photo here and there with the mouse over the template. The borders of the template will be green on one position and the photo will be spread over the entire template to be highlighted as its background. Drop that photo leaving the Mouse there. This will make this photo as the background of the template. However all the texts like headings, subheadings etc.; lines and boxes etc. on the template will remain the same. You can edit all these visual elements as you want and you can also remove them. You can also add the text of your choice. You can also change the size and texture of the text. You can also add text to a blank space on the template where there is no text already. All these facilities are available for free. The visual quality of the cover design is basic. Through paid subscription, you get chance to download the cover design that you have created in high definition quality. In the same way, by paying money one gets a lot of good templates.
All of photo designing can be done at Canva
Logos, blog banners, Facebook posts, Instagram photos, logos, posters, cards, etc. can all be created on Canva. A blog banner is a featured image of a website’s page or post. The logo is in the form of a small circular photo at the beginning of the website or Facebook page. Photo backgrounds can also be made transparent on Canva although I think with paid subscription. Canva app is also available for mobile.