"Print-on-demand sites like Lulu allow you to create and publish
your own book. If you're primarily a writer, you might be tempted
to hire a professional designer to create a cover for your book.
Before you do that, consider creating a simple yet elegant book
cover using the open source Kooka scanning software and the
Inkspace vector drawing application.
"Besides these two tools, you need a scanner (obviously), a
pencil, and a piece of paper. When you're done, you will not only
have a usable book cover, but, more importantly, some essential
skills that will help you in your artistic endeavors..."