POD / BOD RIPE to provide access to multiple book cover images for the same book.
[Warning - long post ahead!]
After reading a few prior posts (1, 2, 3, 4) on the topic concerning multiple / alternative book covers, I understand our traditional book publishing industry is founded on one cover to one title with one ISBN. Got it. Thanks. Totally understand how the Library of Congress who issues Certificates of Registration prefers to have ONE book with ONE COVER tied to ONE certificate.
Might it be time for ISBN's to be tied to content, author or actual book content (rather than it's packaging - book cover)? A discussion for another thread (I degress).
For folks who have ever tried to create the perfect book cover - even the most talented book cover professional will attest that one image does NOT FIT ALL. Ask 10 proof-readers to select from 10 images for ONE book and you'll get 100 suggestions. (I know, I have asked a host of proof readers to pick from 3 images and I got over 30 suggestions). . .
Given these facts:
1) Lulu's has amazing systems in place to route print-on-demand jobs...
2) consumers enjoy creative ways to customize things from phone covers, clothes and body parts (what's your favorite nail, hair or eye color) . . .
3) No one book cover will ever 'catch the eye' of every potential reader . . .
4) Technology already exists to combine a library of images with a library of content . . .
What IF - for souls who wish to sell books sans ISBN's (or Certificates of Registration) . . .
- who also seek to engage consumers with a feature to customize their book cover (like folks can do with USPS postage stamps - for example)
- create (or have access to an app to create) a library of alternative book covers that links to ONE file (book content).
The idea? (Finally!)
To purchase a book (based on it's content), consumers may opt for an alternative cover (from a library of cover images) before checking out.
POD is slowly shifting the reigns of power from massive traditional publishing houses to a growing band of creative souls. Examples: the internet has fundamental changed the travel, music, TV and radio production. For authors who seek to engage (and reward) their loyal readers with a few creative book covers, is it time to think differently about book cover art?