Self-published authors normally forgo the expense of hiring a professional graphics designer to do their e-book cover art and elect to do it themselves. Sometimes it works out, but most of the time the end result can make you shake your head in disdain.
A recent example of terrible cover art for e-books stems from a steamy, new erotic fan fiction titled “Conquered by Clippy” that just popped up on Amazon for the low, low price of $3. This 4,000 page book was written by Leonard Delaney, who has also penned such classics as “Mother #$#$$#! Wizards,” “Taken By Tetris Blocks,” and “Sex Boat.” Seriously, its a book written about a girls encounter with the quintessential Microsoft Paperclip!
Lets take a look at other recent examples of e-book cover art that will hopefully give indie authors pause when they write their next novel.
Some of these e-book covers leave me speechless. I am literary lost for words on how these travesties of justice managed to be released into this world. At the very least, we can chuckle at the artistic ineptness of some of the writers showcased here today.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.