Where to Find Pre-designed Ebook Covers

These sites offer quality pre-designed ebook covers:

Literra Designs: covers starting at just $35. Literra keeps costs low by using free stock images. You can customize the cover text for free. Back-of-the book and spine designs cost extra.

Beetiful.com is much pricier, at $165 per cover, but the covers tend to look a bit more professional. If you’re serious about marketing your work, I recommend Beetiful.

Fostering-success.com has pre-designed covers starting at $99, plus an additional $85 for full wrap. Don’t let the weird website name turn you off. They have some decent covers at a mid-range price.

CCRbookcoverdesign skews more toward sci-fi and horror. If genre is your thing, these could work. Very affordably priced at $45-$75. (The primary image for this post is from CCR)

Damonza.com offers very good-looking, unique, artistically inclined covers, but at a heftier price than the others–$195. If you don’t mind spending more, this site is worth checking out. Unfortunately, some of the covers, while arresting, have titles that aren’t as readable as you might like them to be.

Goonwrite.com has covers starting at $30. The brightness of the images definitely gives the covers a pre-packaged look, but that doesn’t mean they’re not eye-catching. If you scroll down you’ll find searchable genre categories on the left hand side of the page.

Author Marketing Club  features covers by a number of designers. You choose the design, and AMC hooks you up with the designer. Covers are affordably priced, although some look a bit too formulaic. AMC offers is a membership of $105 per year, which gives you free access to all of their ebook cover designs.

Kobo Touch brings ebooks to independent bookstores

Thinking about getting a Kindle? You might want to reconsider. Selected by WIRED Magazine as the best e-reader of 2012, Kobo Touch, priced at just $99, has something that Kindle doesn’t: it allows readers to buy ebooks from their favorite independent bookstores. It also has a library of more than 3 million books, and features hordes of free classics. Because ebooks, unlike hardcovers, sell for the same price across the board, whether you purchase them from Amazon or from the independent just around the block, Kobo is the perfect way to support the bookstores you love while getting great ebooks at the best price on a first-class e-reader. And

Kobo Glo, at just $129.99 with crisper graphics and adjustable lighting, is even better.

“The most natural e-ink reader we’ve ever used.” Wired Magazine

Kobo Glo 

Kobo Glo

Back in August, Kobo partnered with the American Booksellers Association, which has 2,000 member stores. When you purchase the Kobo ereader at your local indie, a portion of every ebook you purchase on that device will go back to your bookstore. Even if you buy it somewhere else, you can still purchase ebooks for the device through your local store. It’s no surprise that many of the participating stores are in California, home of a very exuberant independent bookstore culture. You can also purchase the Kobo Touch online through buy.com. I talked to the folks at Kobo, who said that the device won’t be available on their own website until the new year; this seems rather odd and left me scratching my head, but it’s just one more reason to head to Green Apple, Alabama Booksmith, Page & Palette, or any of these wonderful independent bookstores, all of which carry Kobo ereaders and accessories.

“The Kobo ereader Touch edition makes massive ultra-modern leaps.” Huffington Post

The partnership isn’t just good for stores; it’s also great for readers. Kobo is no newcomer to the e-reading game. It’s been around since 2009, and the Kobo library has more than 3 million titles and counting. Previously, if you wanted to buy an ebook from your local indie, you had to use Google Play. Unfortunately, Google Play was a maddeningly unfriendly reading platform, clunky and utterly lacking in intuitiveness. For people who love reading ebooks on a slim, light device, and who enjoy point and click ordering, there really wasn’t a good option for shopping indie until now. Kobo changes that, bringing the simplicity of Amazon & B&N shopping to independents. (more…)