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Monday, March 02, 2009

Book Cover Archive

The Book Cover Archive, a website devoted to book design, is wildly inspiring, especially on a snowy Monday morning. (Bonus: You can search the entire archive by the types of typeface. Awesome.) Don't you love book covers? Have you ever bought a book just for its cover?

A few more beautiful books here.

(Via Unruly Things)

65 comments:

Dionne said...

I often buy books because of their cover :).

These are great! I love the Whale one, and the silhouette women cover is soooo pretty. It would make pretty wallpaper as a feature wall in a vanity room, or a wardrobe.

karina Manghi said...

I love book covers!!!

Anastasia said...

thanks for the heads up on all sorts of inspirational things. I've really enjoyed coming across your blog!

Abbie, Syncopation said...

I am obsessed with bookcover design, so this archive has always been a favorite.

sloeginfizz said...

I LOVVE book covers. Thanks so much for this link and post. I love them all. The lobster claws are so funny and the whale is so simple and beautiful. Great Monday morning starter.

Sal said...

I'm definitely drawn to book covers with graphic treatments like these.

Char said...

yes, I have - these are beautiful

Ms Unreliable said...

Judging a book by its cover is highly underrated! And I LOVE the idea of searching by typeface...genius!

Thao said...

Always! But then, I work in book design, so that's not surprising. :-)

mkendall said...

wow what a great website! I absolutely love book covers. I've rebought 3 books just because they came out with new amazing covers for them.

Style and Inspiration said...

Yeah, I'm a sucker for a good book cover. That would be an awesome job (if I had the skills and talent).

K @ Blog Goggles said...

Can I have lobster hands? Just for a day.

[J] said...

I love these...and I definitely have bought a book for its cover. I've also NOT bought a book for its cover!

Joanna said...

Never underestimate the power of a beautiful, thought-provoking book cover!

Kwana said...

Thanks for this. These are beautiful.

Anonymous said...

yes i am absolutely quilty of this crime...(although i hope i don't do it often!!)..i bought alizé meurisse "pâle sang bleu" almost entirely based on the cover....

there.

nancy

Anela said...

How fun! I found a book review based on book's covers by AbeBooks. It's a good way to find a book for us artsy type!

FOSCO said...

I bought "A Million Little Pieces" for its cover. I don't regret buying it--I still love the cover; but, gosh, I sure regret reading it. :)

megan and melissa said...

We just posted this on our blog too. Oh, how I love book covers. I am definitley a person that judges a book by its cover and will buy it not caring whats inside as long as it is pretty to look at. Thanks for the inspiration.
xoxo-meg
fiddlesticksandfunnygirls.blogspot.com

A Day That Is Dessert said...

Awesome! I've bought cookbooks because of the cover and wine simply because of the appearance of the label.

*moggit girls said...

Oh my goodness-- we are total suckers for packaging of all sorts, but book covers make us drool. Especially cookbook covers!

Just wanted to let you know we've posted our contest for the Domino book giveaway over on 'the mogg blogg' (www.moggit.blogspot.com)...
Hope you can c'mon over-- it should be fun!

Red said...

I don't think I've ever bought a book for its cover, but I do LOVE playing "Book Roulette" at the library and choosing books based on their covers. Good times!

Krista said...

Great design inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing the site!

Deb said...

I'm such a sucker for pretty book cover. These are amaaazing.

Miss Jo said...

yes i have bought many old books based on the art on the book cover, especially from thrift sales or flea markets or garage sales!

also i am known to buy old magazines for their covers as well :)

this archive is such a great idea!!!!

please sir said...

Wow - what a great idea! I can't wait to check out!

Leigh said...

Ok, that's an awesome resource! I'm going to check it out now...

Laura [What I Like] said...

Perfect in a rainstorm as well! I cannot stop laughing at that cover of Clown Girl

Helen said...

oh wow what an amazing website! now i'm going to spend all evening procrastinating on it ;-)

Cheryl said...

Thanks for this share. I love looking at book covers. I have to admit I have a bit of an obsession with that brillant red copy of The Catcher in the Rye. I must have like 7 copies of it and keep buying it. I love the way they look on the shelf together. It's also interesting living abroad and seeing different covers not in the US. Different perspective.

Anna said...

i kid you not, saturday night my friend and i both discussed at length our guilt ridden consciences from having picked only books with covers we were drawn to our whole lives. i love that many other people do too. why else would they have book designers anywho?

<3 it.

Mary-Laure said...

These covers are just superb. And yes, I have bought too many books just for the cover... Hey, it's art!

Sara Christine said...

I started paying attention to book cover design after a Chip Kidd exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt. Such an amazing art form, and often unappreciated. I love these!

Kate said...

I've been working on a freelance book design project and this site has been SO helpful lately for inspiration! Such a brilliant idea.

Lucy said...

i bought one of my all-time favorite books, "tooth imprints on a corndog," by mark leyner, for its cover (and title) alone.

Owen Says said...

The Golden Road cover is practically a palette of all my favorite colors! I really love the cameo look.

C. ORlean said...

My parents work at a big newspaper, and I was helping out in the stock room where all the books are sent to be reviewed. I got to take a bunch home with me, and I picked mostly on an aesthetic basis. I picked up that book "New Bedlam" because I liked the cover! Funny to see it here :)

The Fab Miss B said...

So many treasures in there!

K8 said...

Joanna,

I love your blog(s). This post made me so excited for the day that my books (as yet unwritten) will have covers. Thank you for sharing this link, you are fabulous!

Rachel Ourada said...

I love book covers too! The Monsters of Templeton has a really beautiful cover, IMHO. I also thought the cover of The Time Traveler's Wife- such a pretty shade of light teal/blue.

Tina said...

Outstanding!!

Edie said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love your blog.

Alisa said...

Yes, as a graphic designer I have always wanted to design book covers. My chance has not come up yet. I hate to say it but I often judge books by their covers, that's why I picked up Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. Turns out that the book was as good as the cover! :)

Tilda B: Hervé said...

I LOVE BOOK COVERS! Thank you!!

josashimi said...

I bought Girl with a Pearl Earring because of its cover...what a find that proved to be! Still one of my favourite books.

x

Gourmet Chick said...

Yes and Yes. Penguin classics have beautiful covers.

Felt Sew Good said...

I love the whale and nature covers. I bookmarked the site. Thanks!

Cara said...

I have bought a book for its cover and I have also taken a book back because I wanted the original cover not the movie book cover. I can't wait to peruse this website!

Anonymous said...

Yes! i bought Dave Eggers' You Shall Know Our Velocity just because the front page was on the cover of the book! Talk about a way of selling itself - I read the cover and was hooked. It turned out to be a really good book! I heard a few years later that he added chapters, but I haven't had the chance to read the revised version.

I always choose books for their covers. Somehow, when a cover is so inspiring and/or beautiful, it just makes the book seem that much more magical.

Lori Anderson Designs said...

I just wrote about books today! I cannot get enough of them. If there was a way that I could display them ALL so their covers were shown, I'd do it.

But it would mean I'd need a 540,000 square foot house.

thoroughlymoderntilly said...

Sigh. I'm a total sucker for book covers. And books. I'd love to write a book someday, and I'm sure that if I do, I'll be completely and thoroughly obsessed with making sure it has a great cover. Nerve-wracking!

holly said...

Yes, who doesn't love LOVE STORY? The cover is so great! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

atoastokos said...

This site is a copy of the original...fwis.com/covers. The original is much better.

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