Amazon is developing a cover creation tool for its Kindle Direct Publishing self-publishing platform, dubbed KDP Cover Creator. The tool is currently being tested by a limited number of KDP authors but the company expects to roll it out to all its KDP authors soon, an Amazon spokesperson told Digital Book World.
“The KDP Cover Creator [is] a free tool for fast and easy custom ebook cover designs,” said the spokesperson. “It’s currently in limited beta and we expect to roll it out to all KDP authors soon.”
Word about the tool was leaked by one of the beta testers to The Digital Reader blog, which published several screen shots of the interface and cover options.
According to the Amazon spokesperson, when the Cover Creator goes live, users will be able to quickly and easily create a cover design for their book and make updates at any time. The tool will come with access to thousands of royalty free images in an image gallery and will also allow for users to upload their own art. A variety of pre-programmed layouts, color schemes and fonts will also be included.
Though the clear favorite among self-published authors as a distributor of ebooks, Amazon is very much in competition to continue offering more attractive services to lure authors away from competitors — other self-publishing platforms and traditional publishers. The competition is fierce. Ebook production and distribution platform Vook, for instance, recently added a cover design tool to its suite of author services. And the competition doesn’t just come from self-publishing platforms and technology vendors: Simon & Schuster now offers data on ebook piracy on a title-by-title basis to its authors through its author portal.
Publishers, self-publishing platforms and ebook distributors are currently in an arms race to curry the favor of authors, who are increasingly in positions of control in the industry.