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    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin DanBrennan's Avatar
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    About Grayscale covers on Kindle

    Hey guys! So I'm going to be putting my first self-pubbed novel up for Kindle and all other devices soon, and I'm obsessing about the cover naturally. More specifically, how it'll show up in grayscale on Kindle devices. I only use a Kindle app, so covers of everything I buy still show up in color, and of course a lot of people just not the new color Kindle Fire, but I'm trying to find out if there's any way to preview how it'll appear on older black and white Kindles. I mean, obviously I can grayscale it myself in photoshop to get an idea, but I meant more along the lines of a way to preview it as it'll show according to Kindle's specifications.

    As you can see, my cover relies heavily on shading and lighting, so that has the potential to play really badly in black and white. (Note, this isn't the finished cover anyways, I'm still fiddling with resolution, not sold on the title placement, font and coloring, etc).

    My other question then, if I don't like how it plays in black and white: is there a way to have two covers, a color one for Kindle apps and color devices and a grayscale one for older Kindles? And if so, how would I go about differentiating to make sure people with color devices got the color and not the black and white?

    Thanks in advance for any help guys!

    Last edited by DanBrennan; 10-05-2011 at 09:51 PM.
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