You can’t judge a book by it’s cover, of course, but an engaging dust jacket can really help draw in readers. And some of this year’s hottest new books showed up in bookstores looking pretty sharp. Picking the best ones of the year is tough, but the folks over at The New York Times’ Sunday Book Review managed to narrow it down to a dozen.
The list is full of diverse styles (and diverse books. The honorees included the colorful and abstract cover of Satin Island by Tom McCarthy, a new cover for Flannery O’Connor’s short story collection Everything That Rises Must Converge, and the neon, animated cover of the digital edition of The Musical Brain by César Aira.
To writer Matt Dorfman, the selections represent the triumph of the book cover in a changing world. He writes:
Books and their covers are confronting their own awkward questions of relevance and value in the escalating competition for attention against screens the size of Jumbotrons (or, conversely, wristwatches). To see publishers answer this concern with the craft, sophistication and pictorial wit that go into an increasing number of book covers each year reinforces the certainty that one of our oldest technologies remains one of our most perfect.
You can check out the full list over at The New York Times’ website. Be sure to tell us about your own favorite covers of the year in the comments!
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