How to Create an E-Book Cover in Word

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When you write a book, it is the cover that draws people's attention to it. If the cover is boring or unprofessional-looking, potential buyers will not give it a second glance. It is not necessary to have any expensive computer software programs to create the e-book cover. Microsoft Word is suitable. It is necessary to change that Word document into a PDF, which you can do free online after you have the e-book cover completed and ready to add to your book.

  • Open up your Word program. Set up the document for the cover page the same size as the rest of the pages in the e-book.

  • Select the pictures or images that you want to use on your e-book cover. Look for images on websites that offer images for a fee or that are royalty-free. Choose an image that depicts what your e-book is about.

  • Download, copy and paste the item to your Word document. Line up the image in the way that you want it to look, such as straight or at an angle.

  • Move your image to different angles by placing the cursor on the image and clicking the mouse. Use the green circle that appears above the image to rotate your photos. Use the boxes and arrows at the sides of the image to resize it.

  • Add other images by copying, pasting and resizing them to fit the cover or to blend in with the other images.

  • Place text over the top of your image by regular typing. Rearrange and resize the text as needed to make your book cover easy to read and eye catching. Choose a font that fits in with the theme of the book and the images on the cover.

  • Change your e-book cover and the rest of the text to a PDF file that people can easily download and read. Use a program that you may already have, purchase the full version of Adobe Acrobat or go to a website that offers this service free, such as Neevia Technology.

Tips & Warnings

  • Many community colleges offer computer classes that show you how to do different graphics, such as creating a book cover. These classes give you many ways to create the cover using different programs. Often these classes are short and inexpensive. You may find it worth your while to take one of these classes to get some different ideas and help with creating your e-book cover, especially if you plan to write more books in the future.
  • If creating the cover is completely foreign to you, download different templates and use these as a guide to complete your own e-book cover.

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