3D Book Cover

Generate an animated 3D image from a book cover and embed it

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I wasn’t able to find a web app to generate a CSS 3D book cover generator, so I created my own one. And I realized I was not the only one to need it, so why not offer it to other people as well?

October 28, 2020 Posted on HN, first paying customer!

It has been 24 hours now that I posted the application link on HackerNews. Some numbers:

🔼 75 upvotes
🤖 3,200 unique visitors
✍️ 27 signups
❤️ 1 premium purchase

So a mostly positive day! I can see that people enjoy the home page a lot, and play with the demo, which is very nice.

On the other end, the conversion rate is very low, and I think most visitors just consider that it is a fun application, but not useful to them.

But the fact that one person bought the $9.99 premium plan gives me hope. I’ll try to contact this person to thank them and know what their needs are, to identify a niche I could try to reach (I guess self-published authors).

October 26, 2020 Finished Beta version of the MVP

After a lot of hours spend in my code editor, I finally have a version ready for first tests. I developed it using tools I already knew, using cloud services when possible, because my goal was to release as soon as possible.

The basic features are free, and it’s possible to purchase a Premium subscription for $9.99 as a one-time payment. I’m not sure exactly of the final pricing model…

A small overview of the tech stack:

  • Node.js/Express for the webserver
  • Heroku to host the webserver
  • MongoDB Atlas for the database
  • React, only for the 3D cover editor
  • Auth0 for the authentication
  • Cloudinary to host images
  • Stripe to handle premium account purchase

I’m looking for some users to try it, and when it is ready, I’ll post it on HackerNews and/or ProductHunt!

July 20, 2020 A prelude to the idea, #1 on HN

For the book I just started writing, I created a web app that generates the HTML and CSS to embed a 3D book cover in a website. I posted it on HackerNews, and big surprise: it was a huge success! It stayed #1 for the whole day and brought me a lot of useful feedback.

From that day, I kept in my mind to create an application to enable people to create a 3D Cover and embed it without caring of the HTML and CSS, just by copying and pasting a small code snippet wherever they want.

I wasn’t able to find a web app to generate a CSS 3D book cover generator, so I created my own one. And I realized I was not the only one to need it, so why not offer it to other people as well?