Then I tried text layout again, and branched out from Amazone to experiment with some less-script-like and possibly-more-readable fonts. Also a few different layout choices. archangelbeth suggested both making the word "Arrangement" more prominent and putting the author name at the top, so I did samples with those. I think I personally prefer the author name at the bottom. I am not sure about making "Arrangement" the dominant word: I think the significant word in the title is "Rational", myself.
Anyway, I've got four different variants now, I figure I can do a new poll!
You should be able to click on the images to see the full size versions on Flickr. I've thumbnailed them at the size Amazon displays thumbnails on its main page.
Which of these are your favorites?
Which of the following elements do you prefer?
Author name on top
Author name on bottom
Nesting "A Rational" into "Arrangement" (e.g., a very large "A" for Arrangement)
"Arrangement" as dominant word
"Rational" as dominant word
Chisel D typeface
@fullaquirkes on Twitter pointed out that I didn't order the images by typeface, or clearly label them. Ack. The images in the poll are:
3. Amazone (again)
4. Chisel D
* Amazon's Kindle site has one ratio in the guidelines for uploading to the site, and a different ratio that they actually display at and that everybody else uses. I dunno what's up with that.
** I am resisting the urge to replace the backdrop for all the existing headers to match the cover. This way lies madness.