w1k, on Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:20 AM, said:
what this book will be about? only history or history+new hw things?
The book is about what the title says. Atari Inc., the first Atari.
AtariNerd, on Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:21 AM, said:
If you isolate the front-cover image in an image editor and enlarge it visualy to about what an oversized trade paperback would be, you get a better sense of proportion of the image elements. Of course at higher source resolution and printed on paper it should look better, still.
It was designed on a 6 x 9 cover template, the image posted here is simply a low res smaller image for distribution.
I think it looks fine. If I were designing it, I might have chosen a single iconic image for the front, like the 2600 joystick for this title, with the banded orange swoopy lines you would see from the era, below the title, running across to the back and then framing it. (Not too far off from your design, actually!.)
That's exactly what we didn't want. The thing the fans need to realize is this is about the entire history of that company, not just a gloss over the early years and moving on to the late 70's/early 80's era the fans here are more familiar with. Hence we wanted a cover that represented all the eras of the company equally and not draw from one era unevenly. When you see the actual high-res cover, the details like the actual Syzygy Company token will pop out more, along with the shadowing, etc.
I love the snapshot idea, though...so dunno.
The inspiration for the snapshot idea is really exactly what we saw as we went and interviewed all the different ex-Atari people in California this last time we were out in April. We're sitting there with them fondly talking to us about their wonderful time working there, with their kept memories and keepsakes strewn across countertops or tables.
A couple of notes, though. The full title, including the subtitle, should be visable on the spine. I assume the ISBN and reference to your publishing house (Is that it on the spine?) would appear on the cover as well, for reference sake and to protect your assets. (If it is a hardcover, you could place the ISBN on one of the inside cover flanges if the integrity of the artwork is a key requirement.)
The full title is, the Business is Fun is a subtitle and those don't usually go on the spine. And again, this is just a press release, the ISBN and bar code will be going on the back.