Draft2Digital (D2D has acquired SelfPubBookCovers.com, a marketplace for premade book covers. According to a July 24 announcement, SPBC will operate within a newly formed D2D division titled Author Success, headed by v-p Nick Thacker.
“Our mission at Author Success, as it is with SPBC, is to help authors efficiently procure the highest-quality essential publishing services for the least cost and effort,” said Thacker in a statement. “Just as authors have always been a key constituency of D2D, with the SPBC acquisition, cover artists are also now a key constituency we seek to serve at D2D. We want to help every professional cover designer in the world to participate in, and profit from, SPBC’s unique premade covers marketplace.”
D2D said that it plans to introduce a "major refresh" to the marketplace in late 2024 or early 2025 that will improve cover image discoverability and workflows.
D2d co-founder and CEO Kris Austin added, “Conventional cover design procurement is unnecessarily difficult and time-consuming for authors and artists alike.” With the acquisition of SPBC, "we’re excited to introduce a better way for authors and artists to collaborate on the perfect cover design,” he said. The deal for SPBC follows D2D's acquisition last year of Smashwords.
SPBC co-founder Rob Sturtz will remain with the company during a transition period. Over the next 12 months, D2D will operate the business as it is, introducing more D2D authors to its services while working with the artist community to help them develop their businesses on the platform. The cover service is opened to all authors and designers.