The publisher Penguin is having six musicians illustrate the covers of their favorite books. Beck took on Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain Fournier. Ryan Adams chose Dracula by Bram Stoker.
In a related move, Penguin is also publishing a series of classic novels with blank covers. The goal is to inspire readers to design the covers once the book is in hand. You pick up Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. You draw the Cheshire Cat. You get the picture.
I’ll admit it. Once or twice I’ve selected a book based on its cover. I’ve also bet on horses based solely on their names. No, it’s not scientific, but on occasion it paid off. These days, I’m a lot more particular in selecting my books, but covers can still influence my decision. I’m not sure that I’d appreciate a clean white canvass for a book cover.
Do covers matter to you when you’re looking for a good book? Which musician would you have design your book cover? What’s your favorite book cover of all time?
Just call me curious …