Twelve Sites for Making a Spectacular Book Cover (Updated)

A book's cover is often the first thing a reader sees when they find your book for the first time.

You never have a second chance to make a first impression, as the saying goes, which is why many would suggest you hire a professional to design your book covers.

But some authors have the skill to DIY or want to learn about cover design by doing so they can work better with the designers they hire, so here are fourteen sites, services, and apps that you can use to make an awesome book cover.

Twelve Sites for Making a Spectacular Book Cover (Updated) Tips and Tricks

Sidenote: Before you use any of these tools, you should read up on good cover design techniques.

There are many similar tools out there, so if you know of one not on this list please leave a comment.

Which one do you use?

Canva

Twelve Sites for Making a Spectacular Book Cover (Updated) Tips and Tricks

Poster My Wall

Twelve Sites for Making a Spectacular Book Cover (Updated) Tips and Tricks

3D Box Shot Maker

Twelve Sites for Making a Spectacular Book Cover (Updated) Tips and Tricks

Quick 3d Cover

Twelve Sites for Making a Spectacular Book Cover (Updated) Tips and Tricks

MyeCoverMaker.com

Twelve Sites for Making a Spectacular Book Cover (Updated) Tips and Tricks

Adazing

Twelve Sites for Making a Spectacular Book Cover (Updated) Tips and Tricks

PiktoChart

Twelve Sites for Making a Spectacular Book Cover (Updated) Tips and Tricks

Fotor

Twelve Sites for Making a Spectacular Book Cover (Updated) Tips and Tricks

CoverFactory.com

Twelve Sites for Making a Spectacular Book Cover (Updated) Tips and Tricks

eCover

Twelve Sites for Making a Spectacular Book Cover (Updated) Tips and Tricks

Boxshot

Twelve Sites for Making a Spectacular Book Cover (Updated) Tips and Tricks

Book Cover Creator

Twelve Sites for Making a Spectacular Book Cover (Updated) Tips and Tricks

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

6 Comments

  1. I’ve used Createspace before and know a couple of authors who have used it to create a back cover (after paying for the front cover, which generally does not include the back cover in the price, it’s a nice, cheap option that gets the job done.) They do a decent job and when I used it five or so years ago, they had various abilities–you can upload some artwork and place it in a cover design, you can select the entire cover, you can just do the back/wraparound. They have various fonts to choose from. I do my own covers now and I even have some pre-mades in (mostly) the cozy genre on my blog because they are harder to come by. For anyone who can afford it, there are some really awesome cover designers out there. There are quite decent pre-mades on various sites too (select the cover and the artist will add your name and title for a pretty low price).

    I make my own for a lot of reasons: Price, I can change it if I want to take it in a different direction, I can use the art to make bookmarks or postcards without having to contact an artist, I can resize for print/audio, etc. It gives me a lot more freedom than I’d have if I hired someone. Is it as good as the best? No. But on my budget, it works. (It also took years of learning and studying off and on as I needed new techniques. Not for the faint of heart!)

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