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Is a moving image more intriguing to the eye than a still?

Hi. This is text? Still reading this or looking at the pretty, moving picture?

See the book cover to the left? Look at it closely. See how it’s moving.

Is that cool or what?

In the highly competitive world of book sales, what if that cover got you just another few seconds of a potential reader’s attention? Maybe just got them to read the book description? What if it was the difference between then passing your book by or becoming a long-term, true fan?

I’m not kidding when I say:

I want little moving bubble-thingies on my book cover!

It’s crazy but … I’m serious.

I’m waiting for the girl to blink. She won’t (I’ve watched), but I’m waiting. Patiently.

Wait, is that cover alive or are my eyes playing tricks on me?

Are those just fancy GIF images? Or some kind of movie? Or HTML5? Granted, I don’t even know what HTML5 is, but I thought I’d just throw it in there.

In fact, part of me doesn’t care what the technology is, I just want it.

See below for more examples and right here for some (not very easy) tutorials on how to create them.

Frankly, this post is more a question “Uh, yeah, so how in the world do I do these?” more than a “This is easy and here’s how!” Stay tuned for my progress on my own covers.

More on cinemagraphs:

This is what I got from the Flexel app.

Simple example of highlighting a single area of a video.

Way cool cinemagraph book covers I found at GIPHY.

I think there’s something to say about subtlety here!

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