Book Cover Fest
Insane artwork, a real master of the genre of dime-store novel cover art from the 1960’s … combined with the movies we’ve all seen… These book covers are funny, and original.
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2. METACOVERS (Via kottke.org)
The Book Design Review has collected a number of book covers that feature books on them.
3. THIRTY NOVELS WORTH BUYING FOR THE COVER ALONE (Via AbeBooks.co.uk)
Let’s hear it for the book designers. For every Milan Kundera, Jeffrey Eugenides and Aldous Huxley, there is a Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich, a Leah Carlson-Stanisic and a Gregg Kulick – all designers of memorable cover art. They give a visual perspective to somebody else’s written art, find balance in colour and shape, simplicity and uniqueness. A book must stand out on the bookshop bookshelf yet cover designers rarely receive the recognition that authors do. In appreciation of these unsung artists, here are 30 of my favourite fiction covers – all worth buying for the cover alone.
See which book covers made this list.
What is your favourite book cover?
Let’s face it, there is more to cover design than just the face of the book. It’s the spine that a browser sees first, and therefore if the spine is attractive, the book gets picked up, right?
Hmm, sometimes I pick up a book just because it has a quirky name and not because of its spine. And apart from the content of the book, spines, names and faces all also strive towards attracting the reader to make that pick.