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Before Jackets: Naked Covers

With books migrating to pads and pods this maybe a moot point. But before designed book jackets, book covers were the primary illustrative and typographical surface on a book. The photographs of the covers taken from “Arts and Crafts Book Covers” (in the book over 90 in all), makes this an essential document of a fertile creative period.

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19 Striking Book Covers of 2014

We know, we know. You 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 favorites that are in stores or on the way.

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Image of the Day: 3D book cover

Chang-rae Lee’s latest novel, On Such a Full Sea is available with a traditional cover, but one might be tempted purchase the limited edition alternate version, an interesting typographic exercise made even more unique by the addition of a 3D …

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3 Book Cover Designs Worth a Closer Look

In the October issue of Print, we took an in-depth look at the art of book cover design, and the role covers play in storytelling. Here we’re featuring three more 2013 covers that we couldn’t stop thinking about. The designer …

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Book Bag

Look closely at these wonderful book jackets. Now, look again. Can you tell a book by its cover? More to the point, can you tell a woman’s bag by its book cover. What?!! These are not books but handbags with redrawn and painted covers based on original book cover designs and found in the various collections and accessory lines by French clothing designer Olympia Le-Tan, who, for those who know the work, is the daughter of the illustrator Pierre Le-Tan.

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Book Cover Design Perpetuates The Myth of Lolita

“The sexualized vision of Lolita perpetuated by popular culture has very little to do with the text of Nabokov’s novel, in which Lolita is not a teen-aged seductress but a sexually abused twelve-year-old girl.”

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Image of the Day, July 24, 2013

In his recent book Things Come Apart, Todd McClellan strips down and photographs everyday objects in unique and striking ways. The cover shows off this concept well, while making understated use of the Archer typeface. Check out more from the …

An Interview with Talking Covers Founder Sean Manning

As the author of a memoir and editor of a few anthologies that feature some of today’s most prominent writers, Sean Manning knows something about the book business. In May 2012, he started Talking Covers, a fascinating site dedicated to …

Recovering Lolita

Among the problems Nabokov’s Lolita poses for the book designer, probably the thorniest is the popular misconception of the title character. She’s chronically miscast as a teenage sexpot—just witness the dozens of soft-core covers over the years. “We are talking about a …