Sunday, September 04, 2011

Bahá'i eBook Covers Project: Launching Today!

It's been a while since I last posted, as I've been busy working on a number of projects. I'm really excited to share one of them with you today!

The Opportunity

More and more people are downloading Bahá’í texts, to read on a variety of screens -- their computers, e-readers, tablets, smartphones, and more. Project Gutenberg and Bahá’í eBooks Publications are both great, free sources for these texts, as are widely-used eBookstores like Apple’s iBookstore. However, there did not exist a cohesive and unified set of cover art that could be used with these digital copies, that would be freely and easily available to anyone who wanted to use them on their devices. Searching online yielded low-quality photos and scans of print copies, or sets of eBooks that had mis-matched or generic cover art.

The Solution

I wanted to design covers that would satisfy specific needs:
  • Consistency: Clearly identifiable as a set, consistent design across all books. 
  • Quality: High enough resolution to look good on all smartphone, tablet, or computer screens.
  • Readability: Easy to read when full size, as well as small thumbnails lined up on a digital bookshelf.
  • Beautiful: While beauty is certainly in the eye of the user, designing with the elegance and sophistication deserved of Bahá’í sacred texts. 
  • Accessible: Free to download, openly formatted and easy to add to an existing eBook collection.
You can see the full collection of eBook covers, available for a free download as individual .jpg files, or together in one .zip file, at my newly-revamped website. There are also directions for how to use them, if you're not sure how to add custom covers to your existing eBook files. Feel free to share your feedback, and enjoy!


  1. Hi, nice set, I like it. Is it possible to get source files to use these covers for other languages?

  2. Hi Tomas, and thanks for your interest! Other languages is actually in the pipeline for this project, especially as I continue to expand the book selection in English. Which were you interested in? The way the source files are set up right now, they'd be a bit tricky to send out, but I'd be happy to whip up a custom language cover for you if you wanted. Stay in touch!

  3. Is it possible to get this for a print as well?

  4. The images are pretty high-resolution (1500 x 2250); depending on the size, you're welcome to print them out and they should look relatively good. Let me know what you think if you try it!