A unique and creative book cover gives a book credibility and entices potential readers to explore the contents inside. When people pick up a book that they potentially have an interest in, the first thing they do is study the book’s cover. More often than not they automatically turn to the back cover for a quick summary of what the book is about. The back cover is one of the most important areas of the book it is the area where all the important information of the book is consolidated in one place.
A beautiful back cover design provides a visually appealing backdrop for the author’s bio, book summary, quotes, and reviews that are commonly displayed in that area. Many creative back covers incorporate decorative fonts and design elements from the front cover. A poorly designed back cover can take away from the entire cover design by giving the book cover an amateurish appearance.
Aside from a visually intriguing design, back cover design should include a short summary of the story that is interesting and helps convince the reader to purchase the book. A compelling headline should be present, along with a short excerpt from the book that sets the tone. The author’s bio should include a professional headshot photo of the author that fits well into the theme of the book cover design. Reviews should be strategically placed in a way that also complements the overall back cover design.
Colorful and abstract back cover designs are eye-catching and creative, but be sure not to allow the back cover text to get lost in the design. It’s important that the overall design of the book cover doesn’t overshadow the book’s summary, author bio, quotes, and reviews. The overall impact of how the back cover fits with the back text is what helps make the back cover design a major selling point for your book. Here are some examples of beautiful back cover designs to use as inspiration: