The art of book cover design is delicate. There’s no exact formula. Some covers whisper subtleties; other designs scream in your face. Much like crafting the perfect typography, learning to design a great book cover takes passion, dedication and the desire to be bold.
We know, we know. We should never judge a book by its cover.
But looking at this set, it’s damn hard not to. Here are 19 of our 2014 book cover favorites that are in stores or on the way.
Looking for more? Go under the covers with Print’s Guide to Book Jacket Design, which features cover design advice from accomplished art directors at Penguin, Hachette and Vintage Books, visual inspiration from the best book covers of the 20th century, the stories behind cover design concepts that didn’t make the final cut, and more. Check it out here.
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*All cover credits as provided by publishers.