I’m addressing you today in an uncommon matter: See that kick-ass logo on the site? The one created by the exceedingly talented Tommi Salama?
Yeah, the idea here was to make this a visual representation of my seal of approval and I think it works. Well, I’ve been asked whether 3pps could use it for their product covers and since I do have the rights to use it, I am rather tempted to say “yes”, perhaps combined with a small donation per product that uses the seal to help me cover the huge investment in time reviews take and justify them not only to me, but also to my better half. I’d also require a nod towards the artist of the logo. Don’t know about the details yet, just brainstorming/probing the waters here.
As a customer, the benefit would be obvious: You could, at one glance, see the logo and realize that the respective pdf/book is of a quality that won’t disappoint you.
Now I’ve got two general questions regarding this:
To the publishers: Would you be interested in that in the first place? If so, drop me a line privately or comment.
To the general audience: Would you consider this dumb or annoying? It could be scaled down to not obfuscate the cover. Also, would you rather prefer this only for top-ten-list items (which would limit its potential use for me) or generally for seal of approval-files (as I’d prefer it)?
Of course, either way I wouldn’t let my verdicts in any way be compromised and I wouldn’t devalue the relatively rare seal by making any sort of compromise that hurts the (sounds weird) “brand” of the seal, but you probably already knew that. 🙂
All the best,