The Bad and the Beautiful: Trends in Book Cover Art

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I swoon over new and radically interesting book covers. I’ve confessed this before. It happens to me in Blurb’s bookstore just as much as it happens when I’m browsing shelves at San Francisco’s Booksmith. I literally get antsy when I see a killer cover. I immediately start plotting my next Blurb book just so I can play around with a cover idea of my own.

Can you relate?

For those of you who also appreciate – and get sucked into – good cover design, I’ve gathered a few new sites dedicated to the art of the book cover. Check them out to see the best and worst covers out there:

Judge a Book by its Cover, where a librarian blogs about heinous book covers.

Book By Its Cover is a RISD alum’s blog for book lovers, artists, designers, and illustrators. The featured sample covers and internal spreads are nothing short of luscious with their stylish typography and artistic edge.

Jacket Whys focuses on trends in children’s and young adult book covers. The selection is culled by a librarian and former graphic artist.

Book Cover Banter is also from a librarian blogger. This one showcases interesting ethnic lit book covers.

“New Trends in Book Cover Design and Their Impact on Readers” is an article I found by Abby Bass on the site Libraries Unlimited.

• The Greenleaf Book Groups has this Rate My Cover thing going on where you get to vote on book covers that are hot or not.

Have you found any similar websites or blogs? Share the links below.

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3 Comments

  1. book cover blog: http://covers.fwis.com/

    By nathan
      April 29, 2008 – 5:55 pm   Permalink
  2. I am also a fan and reader of The Book Design Review, http://nytimesbooks.blogspot.com/.

    By alysha
      April 30, 2008 – 12:08 pm   Permalink
  3. I have too say that in my mind you can’t beat this site for cover commentary:

    http://covers.fwis.com/

      May 1, 2008 – 7:21 am   Permalink

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