ebook covers: amazon editors’ picks hits and misses

Dimly lit is the new puce.

This is one of my all time favorite books from fourth grade – even I don’t recognize it.

Would you be surprised to learn this book isn’t about ghosts and summer camp? Actually it’s about a boy and his dogs?

This cover is a major miss. Black is the new black, but murky twilight details just don’t work on a thumbnail. And the cover image does not fit the story anyway.

Where the Red Fern Grows
Wilson Rawls

Where the Red Fern Grows is a great story and one of the Amazon editors’ picks for kids’ summer reading 2012.

Chomp
Carl Hiaasen

It’s no surprise that not just Chomp, but Splash, Scat, and of course Hoot are all featured in the top 40. Carl writes great stories for kids, but from a marketing perspective, the bold colors and simple images on the covers really stand out from a muddle crowd. This is a major hit.

This is the most frustrating print-to-ebook cover miss yet. A simple cover. A single image. A clean color scheme.

So why o why not blow up that cover image so I can see it as a thumbnail??

Three guesses as to what that thing that looks like a cartoon dog head is.

Flipped
Wendelin van Draanen

Surprised that it’s a chicken? I was. I’m also not totally sure what that has to do with a ‘romantic comedy of errors’.

Out of My Mind
Sharon M. Draper

There are some bones to pick with this cover – you can’t really read the title, and the author name is likewise a little tricky to read. But the image caught my eye even in the thumbnail, and then when I read the description and learned it was not a teeny bopper romance, it made me want to pick up the book.

“Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there’s no delete button. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school—but no one knows it. Most people—her teachers and doctors included—don’t think she’s capable of learning. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows . . . but she can’t, because Melody can’t talk.”

It would be great to see some stats on kids reading ebooks. Research project!

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3 thoughts on “ebook covers: amazon editors’ picks hits and misses

  1. Pingback: eBook Covers: Amazon Editors’ Picks Hits and Misses « eBook Literary and Media

  2. Excellent post. This and your class have opened my eyes to the possibilities and the pitfalls in the choice of book covers. Thanks for continuing that conversation, Bethany. I also agree that it would be great data to have on how many kids are reading ebooks. At least five of my nine grandchildren are reading them.

    • Thanks, Carol! I’ll definitely be sharing what I find. I’m curious, for example – are parents and grandparents buying ereaders for their kids, or buying ebooks for their kids on the parent’s ereader? Are ebooks something to help keep kids quiet in the car? Or is this another way to read bedtime stories? I don’t know if research has even been done on all of these topics yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing what I can find out.

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