e-Book Cover Design Awards, September 2011

POSTED ON Oct 20, 2011

Joel Friedlander

Written by Joel Friedlander

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This is the last of five posts of e-book covers submitted for the September e-Book Cover Design Awards. Here are all the posts in the series:

e-Book Cover Design Awards, September 2011 Part 1 Fiction:
e-Book Cover Design Awards, September 2011 Part 2 Fiction
e-Book Cover Design Awards, September 2011 Part 3 Fiction
e-Book Cover Design Awards, September 2011 Part 4 Nonfiction
e-Book Cover Design Awards, September 2011 Award Winners

And the Winners Are . . .

First of all, I want to say that all of you are amazing. Over the last few weeks I’ve gotten to look at over 200 of your e-Book covers and man, it’s been a great experience.

There are so many good amateur designers creating fun, exciting and dramatic covers. Finding new ways to use the space, re-defining the way an e-book cover should look. And it’s great to see professional designers working their magic in the little space of the e-book cover.

In the end, because there were so many e-book covers submitted, I decided to award 5 badges this month: 4 to Fiction winners, and 1 in Nonfiction. Although the nonfiction covers showed little improvement, it was quite different in fiction.

There were at least 10 other covers that could easily have been given awards. At some point it becomes a question of individual taste. Even then, it was extremely hard to eliminate some of the other great covers we had this month.

If there was any doubt that the e-book cover is making strides and achieving a sometimes jewel-like perfection, the range of covers winning this month’s badges should put those doubts to rest.

Here they are:

e-Book Cover Design Award, September 2011, Nonfiction

Once Upon a Tiger, Poems by Janet Wong, Design and Illustrations by Sladjana Vasic. Absolutely lovely. There’s no denying the appeal of this wonderful cover. The artist’s eye for layout, her deft use of color, and her obvious love for the subject of the book are clearly communicated.

e-Book Cover Design Awards, September 2011, Fiction


The Last King’s Amulet by Chris Northern, design and illustration by Christopher Steininger. An evocative and quietly sophisticated e-book cover that tells just enough to draw the reader in. Executed almost flawlessly, this is a gem.


Viridis by Calista Taylor, Design by Calista Taylor. A remarkable use of the e-book cover to evoke a period atmosphere combined with skillful typography create an almost cinematic experience.


Velvet Dogma by Weston Ochse, Design by Weston Ochse, Art by Danielle Tunstall. A great way to use the cover space without having to look like a print book. There are so many things going right here, from the ultra-cool art to the designer’s deployment of negative space, to the interesting use of a traditional font for this sci-fi cover. Rad.


Meet Me in Montmartre by Andy Conway, Design by Andy Conway. The casual romanticism of this e-book cover perfectly matches the story of a blind date in a Paris cafe. With nothing more than an iPhone and a little imagination, the author shows that a great cover can be right in front of us if we learn to look.

Congratulations to all. You’ll get your badges in email.

And remember, there’s still time to enter October’s contest. Here’s all the info, and here’s the submission page. Good luck!

Joel Friedlander

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