The Rundown: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly in Ebook Covers

It's Monday, and after a weekend of wrestling with some book cover issues of my own, I thought it might be fitting to lead off with a rundown of the best and worst ebook covers submitted to The Book Designer and compiled by Joel Friedlander. Plus, a look at the Trending list on Facebook, and writing copy that sells.

e-Book Cover Design Awards, April 2016 [The Book Designer]

Welcome to the e-Book Cover Design Awards. This edition is for submissions during April, 2016.

I’ve added comments (JF: ) to many of the entries, but not all. Remember that the aim of these posts is educational, and by submitting you are inviting comments, commendations, and constructive criticism.

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Algorithm Transparency [LinkedIn]

Recently Gizmodo reported that Facebook’s Trending feature was powered by people. Which is not entirely true, but if you do a close reading of what all the participants are saying, you’ll see that no one is actually contradicting each other.

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The 7-Step Formula for Writing Copy That Sells [HubSpot]

In Chicago, there’s a famous restaurant called Alinea. It’s one of only a handful of restaurants in America that have earned the coveted 3-star Michelin rating, making it one of the best restaurants in the world. But if you ask people who’ve dined there what makes it unique, most will tell you that, somehow, it’s not just the food.

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