Book Covers Don’t Have To Break Your Bank, Thanks to an iStock Promo Code.
Take it from me: book covers have broken the budget of many author’s bank accounts. Because you are hiring someone to create a piece of art for your work, the legal rights can get messy. And if you don’t have an upfront agreement ahead of time, it can lead to legal troubles.
Your book can be dead before it even leaves the ground.
But one avenue you may not have considered is iStock (sometimes called ‘iStockphoto’). These images are created by artists and photographers from all over the world and offer them on the site for purchase. The legal agreements on iStockphoto are cut and dry, meaning you can use the photos for (nearly) anything you want after you pay the fee. And you can even use an iStock coupon code to make it even more budget friendly. We used one from this website that took 20% off the cost of our book cover. The result? Full ownership of an amazing book cover.
Quality is Paramount at iStock.
The good thing about iStock is that it attracts talented, professional people who are all competing against each other. There are millions of images to choose from. And even if you don’t find an image that is ‘just right’, it can help you figure out exactly what you do want, and explain it better to an artist that you hire.
You Can’t Autograph an eBook.
You can’t flip through the pages or fold over a corner to mark a favorite passage. You won’t display your eBook on a shelf or pass it on to a friend, relative or heir.
Your kids will never look back over your library and know your favorite reads by the yellowed, tattered edges of the works you read over and over for comfort, inspiration and pure enjoyment.
You won’t pass an eBook off to a friend or mark a quote you wish to share with a sticky note or by passing a highlighter over the text. All bookmarks; whether purchased, improvised (business card, ticket stub, photograph, receipt) or made (pressed flowers or a craft by the kids) are unnecessary and obsolete.
Conversations are no longer sparked by passersby or fellow commuters who spot the book cover.
You can’t gift an eBook with a personal inscription to a friend or graduate. You won’t donate a used eBook to a hospital, foster home, school or a military unit overseas.
A regular print book feels right in your hand and never needs batteries, plugs or charging and will not be accidentally deleted. The only software is the gentle grip and light touch of the admiring reader who turns the page.
There are many who, although fascinated by technology and generally unafraid of change, are still not yet prepared to replace shelves of colorfully printed books for the plain, uninspiring appearance of a humming black hard drive.