“Don’t judge a book by its cover” - a great rule to live by. UNLESS you’re trying to sell that book. If you’re a writer looking for people interested in your material, you absolutely need to judge your marketing strategy by its looks.
There’s little chance of your book ever ending up in the Cart If you’re trying to promote your book without a great cover and mockup.
We know how much of a hassle it is for writers, who are usually not that design savvy to find the perfect book cover generator where they can get high quality cover templates and customize them. After months of complaints from our subscribers about not having a book cover mockup generator, our Bulk Mockup team finally caved in and added some great features to produce book cover mockups in bulk.
We didn’t just stop there, we put our whole team to work researching all the best book cover mockup generators in the market and made this comprehensive guide to help writers reach their goal of making a perfect book mockup for their epic book.
As per our team's research, it doesn’t get easier than this for online book cover mockups and hardcover. DIY Book Covers is a 3D book mockup tool where it's so easy to make and so intuitive to use that anyone can operate them. It’s a free book mockup generator that creates a book mockup that can sell.
When it comes to mockups, whether it’s t-shirts or book design, Placeit is certainly the top pick for beginners and intermediate users. They have 3D book cover mockups, mockups with models or a really pretty setting for the books that will surely attract book lovers. Their book cover mockup library is not the biggest as they have for t-shirts but still, their variation is astounding. Quality is one of the highest and their scenes are really eye catchy. Their site is a bit slow but their quality makes the service worthwhile.
Like we said before in our best mockup generator article, if you see a best mockup generator list and Smart Mockup doesn’t immediately follow Placeit, then that’s a biased review. They have square shaped book mockups, which are quite unique and not everyone is offering them. Direct integration of Canva and Dropbox makes the mockup generating process much easier. They have all the same features like 3D mockups, with models and pretty setups but still they are quite behind Placeit when it comes to variations and some further improvement is desired.
Vexels only have 88 book cover mockup designs but each one of them can give their competitors a good run for their money. They don’t focus on 3D or mockups with human models. Their main focus is on book mockup designs on pretty setups and they have quite a few varieties in this area. Even with this small library, they can be the go-to tool for most KDP sellers for their focused service.
If you’ve design skills then there's nothing better than Canva. They don’t have many premade book cover mockups but if you know what you’re doing in Canva, they have so many premade design elements that possibilities become endless with it. If you want to make a 3D design, a mockup where a model is holding your book or make a pretty setting to showcase your awesome book, Canva is the way to go.
We are adding a tutorial to show you how easy it is to make a book cover mockup with Canva. It might not be as straightforward as other services listed here but once you get the hang of it, it can be one of the best assets for KDP business owners and writers.
It has all the nooks and crannies for rendering of a book that can make your book stand out. You can create mockups from scratch for your book promo.
Web based mockup generators are cool and all but when it comes to serious business with a large product base and need for truly unique mockups for your truly unique and stunning books, template based book cover mockup generators are the way to go.
The process might not be as straightforward as web based mockup generators but if you read along this article, this is the only guide you’ll need to become proficient in this.
There are only two steps to template based book cover mockup generators.
Preview image book mockups and pick a template for your incredible book.
In this tutorial, you can see how easy it is to edit a book cover mockup generator in Photoshop. If you don’t have Photoshop, Photopea is a free resource just like Photoshop, which you can use to make a unique and eye-catching book cover mockup.
Now this is the easiest and most expensive way to go for your book cover mockup creation. If you don’t have enough time, taking service from an independent book mockup maker is the most straightforward process for your upcoming book.
Word of caution if you use one of these freelancing sites. You’ll get what you pay for. So don’t get confused with extravagant promises from people who charge peanuts. There’s a good chance you’ll get peanuts if you pay for peanuts, not lifelike books.
Agencies can be found on freelancer sites too but if you truly want a premium service, design agencies are the way to go for your mockups and designs.
Just remember, it’s not going to be cheap, there will be a lot of upsells and you might not be on the front line to take their services. So If you don’t have a book that you’re not sure will be profitable enough to offset the cost, this premium service can become a major thorn in your backside.
Although it’s not our main business model, after hearing hundreds of complaints about people getting scammed out of their money by freelancers and agencies, we decided to offer our services for a limited time.
Click on the link above and you’ll be directed to our new service page. If you’re not sure what service to take, we also offer free consultations provided by our professional team to help you.
PS: We’re offering this service for a very limited time so you can be up and running with your business. Free consultation and the pricing we offer for our service are not viable in long run. Take the offer while it lasts.
If you need book cover mockups in bulk then Bulk Mockup is the best option in the market to create mockups in seconds. We will guide you step by step on how you can use this awesome Photoshop plugin for your business need.
There are many good Photoshop plugins and actions available for book cover mockups. They are often cheaply priced or even free. Their quality is top notch, even the free ones are professionally made just not that eye catchy.
As the name suggests, PSDcovers is a mockup PSD file service. But we are going to talk about their Photoshop mockup generator plugin. This is a free plugin with 200 free product templates. All of them are not for book cover mockups so the variation is understandably lower. If the free templates are not enough for you, you can get PSDcovers' generously priced membership for full access to their design catalog.
Another Photoshop plugin to make your life easier. With the full membership, you get 1200+ professionally made mockups among which 137 are only for books.
Convert action Pro 3.0 is a free Photoshop plugin with close to 500 readymade book cover mockups available to use.
Sometimes you’ll need book cover mockups in 3D and all the services we listed but Vexels have this option. For new users, we are using Diybookcover for this short tutorial.
Go to this link and you’ll see the interface is the same as the picture above. Select the mockup you like, single or composite and hit the Next button (red marked area).
You will be directed to this next page like the picture above.
After you hit the next button, you’ll come to the next page. Scroll a bit and you will find two buttons PNG and JPG like in the picture above. Click on any of these and the 3D mockups will be directly downloaded to your computer for free of use.
We’re listing 10 of the best book publishing providers. KDP and CreateSpace both are owned by amazon and the rest are good too.
Amazon holds an 80% market share of the ebook market so even without marketing, you’ll have a steady supply of willing buyer eyes on your books. For total beginners, we suggest sticking with KDP till you get the hang of the book publishing business. You can shift your focus totally toward the quality of your book and KDP will do the rest.
Publishing your book on KDP is really straightforward. Just make your account with all the information they ask for. Wait a few days for the account approval and you’re set. Here’s a video to show you how simple it is to self-publish on this platform.
If you want your books in all the major bookstores, you’ll need a book publishing company. The quality of your manuscript needs to be higher and you’ll need a literary agent but the marketing of your book will be taken care of by the publishing company.
There are many book publishing companies to choose from. We’re listing the best five traditional book publishing companies known as the Big 5.
Book cover mockups are only as good as the book cover designs you put in them. Here we are listing some good book cover design services which can help you get some awesome designs for your book cover.
When it comes to design, you can be 100% sure that Canva got you covered. They have a large library of design elements that you can use to make yourself an eye catchy and unique book cover design.
Book proofreading and editing are one of the most crucial steps before publishing a book. If this step is not done properly, all your effort will just go to waste. You can hire freelancers or agencies for this service too.
But, if you want to do it yourself or want to know what to expect from the service you are taking, we suggest first watching the two parts of the video we linked below.
All the book mockup generators and services are quite good. You can use any from here. But when choosing a book cover mockup design, you have to make sure the design goes well with the design and theme of your book.
If you're a KDP review bookseller and need mockup designs in bulk, try using Bulk Mockups. If you need more free designs you can use websites like free mockups with bulk mockups for more variation.
We know every book writer is not a techie, if these are too hard or confusing for you, connect with us here and we will do it for you.