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Eleven of the Most Beautiful And Awesome Book Covers

They say never judge a book by its cover but that’s not really true. The purpose of a book’s cover is to entice you into buying it and those that do a poor job of representing the book aren’t doing their job well. But book covers are an often overlooked piece that provides an intimate look at the contents before you even open them. Some of them are even artistic masterpieces in their own right. But what are the best? Let’s have a look at some of the best ones and marvel at their beauty.

 

 

11. ‘Jurassic Park’ by Michael Crichton 

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Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton is utterly brilliant as a cover. It depicts a Tyrannosaurus Rex’s skeleton against a white backdrop, hinting at terrifying possibilities but nonetheless drawing the reader in for a wild ride. Its also gets bonus points for becoming so iconic.

 

10. ‘Get in Trouble’ by Kelly Link

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Get In Trouble by Kelly Link provides a marvelous and captivating cover. Her stories are offbeat and have a sense of offness to them, showcased by this strange cover. The upside down nature of a seemingly normal house provides an excellent preview of what you’re in for: the normal world turned literally upside down. Not to mention its a really cool visual piece.

 

9. ‘Heart of a samurai’ by Margi Preus 

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Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus has an instantly captivating cover. The colors of the wave contrasted with the lovely sky, the boat riding atop the wave, and the whales beneath instantly make for a classic image. There’s a sense of adventure, danger, and even action from the cover alone, as it draws your eye in right away.

 

7. ‘the great gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald has truly one of the great covers of all time. Created by Spanish artist Francis Cugat, this cover is a pretty work of surrealism and beauty. Every part of it is iconic: from the giant disembodied eyes and lips floating over the colorful, almost theme parking looking location below against the backdrop of the blue night sky, its a wonderful work of art that will always represent its book in the popular consciousness.

 

 

6. ‘Beowolf’ translated by Seamus Heaney 

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Beowolf by Seamus Heaney is a new translation of the classic epic poem that instantly draws your eye through its simplistic but striking cover. All there is to it is a man standing in full chainmail with his back to the camera but it instantly captures the feeling of the poem. The image captures violence and strangeness through what it implies, becoming more the more you pay attention to it. A truly classic image for a classic poem.

 

5. ‘The Godfather’ by Mario Puzo 

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The Godfather by Mario Puzo is a classic, stark novel and its cover matches its iconic status. Created by S. Neil Fujita, conveys the rotten power Puzo examines, even as it intrigues the potential reader. It could just as easily be the cover to a horror novel—which isn’t actually that far off the mark, if you think about it. There aren’t too many book covers that create what’s essentially a brand logo, but that’s just what this one did.

 

4. ‘The hate u give’ by Angie Thomas

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is another brilliant cover that’s more recent. It uses negative space in a bold way, drawing focus to its central character who holds up her sign and demands the looker’s attention. The lead character is both empowered and obscured by her message, an awesome showcase of the book’s themes in a simple way.

 

 

3. ‘Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley’s cover combines the absurd and frightening tone of the story with a simple, bold approach that draws the eye and holds it tortuously. You try to figure out what you’re looking at, even as the sneaking suspicion that you don’t want to know creeps up on you.

 

2. ‘The Stranger’ by Albert Camus 

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The Stranger by Albert Camus is a bit headache inducing to look at but a great image nonetheless. The stark lines converging to create a hidden optical illusion. Once you see it, you’ll never forget it; once you read the book, you’ll forever associate it with this powerful cover.

 

1. ‘A clockwork Orange’ by Anthony Burgess 

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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess is a disturbing cover for a disturbing novel. Supposedly banged out in a single evening, this cover referenced the iconic film, and conveyed the sense of society being broken all at once, showcasing a screaming face contrasted with a fire in place of the upper part of the man’s head. It’s brilliant on a level no other cover has quite been able to surpass.

 

 

 

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New Stephen King Book Cover Revealed!

A new Stephen King novel is always something to get excited about, and his latest one definitely sounds like a real page-turner.

King has revealed the cover of his new novel The Institute, which tells the story of a boy named Luke with special powers who is kidnapped and sent to a facility. As other children at the facility start to disappear, Luke must find a way to escape.

King has described the novel as a battle of “good vs. evil” with a story “as psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It

Announced in late January, the cover of the novel was revealed in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly.

 

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The book will be available September 10th.

 

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Never Judge a Book By Its Cover, Unless It’s a Beautiful Cover

One of the fundamental rules of all readers is to never judge a book by its cover, but sometimes it’s impossible not to. A captivating and visually interesting book cover is one of the best ways to grab perspective readers’ attention. Once a particularly novel book hits the best seller lists, many books released afterwards try and emulate the cover in hopes of succeeding. This is how a trend is born.

 

As you’ve browsed bookstores or Amazon, you’ve probably seen some reoccurring elements in book covers. Here are some of the most prominent in 2018.

 

1. Bold Typography

 

A trend for a while in the book cover world, big and bold typography is definitely a major overarching theme. Jonathan Safran Foer’s Here I Am and Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West both use this style of cover. 

 

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While the typography used may not always be clean and straightforward, more organic elements like brushstrokes and handwritten fonts add visual interest. The big and bold typography grabs the browser’s attention and makes a serious statement and a good first impression. 

 

2. Vintage-Inspired Designs and Fonts

 

70’s and 80’s references have come back with vengeance. As those from the 70’s and 80’s are getting older, the nostalgia and the trends it renders are brought back to life. Designers have gone in multiple directions with the trend, either directly mimicking book covers of the 70’s and 80’s or taking elements like typography, patterns, color schemes, and imagery from the era. 

 

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3. Collages

 

These collages are a little different from your third grade art class collages. The collages featured on these book covers combine color, texture, and shape to create clever and beautiful colors and because of this, collage covers are great for grabbing prospective reader’s attention, making these books jump off the shelf. 

 

Collages can give a two-dimensional canvas a more tactile, three-dimensional feel while expressing multiple ideas or themes of a book in one cover. Much like double exposure photography, Lisa Manterfield’s The Smallest Thing uses collage to combine themes of nature and the not-so-natural gas mask. 

 

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4. Millennial Pink

 

The 2016 Pantone color of the year, Rose Quartz, continues to thrive in 2018 with marketing campaigns, hair colors, even book covers showcasing the soft pink that defines a generation. The now-iconic pink hue has since been dubbed Millennial Pink, and now includes many shades ranging from muted pinks to those in the quartz/muted rose hues. The color has dominated book covers from Pulitzer Prize shortlister The Idiot by Elif Batuman to the book behind the new STARZ show, Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler.

 

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This shade of pink doesn’t only appeal to millennials: a wider audience has embraced the color as it’s more mature than a 90’s bubblegum pink but more youthful than neutrals. The softer pink shades are usually toughened up with bold handwritten fonts or simplistic graphics. 

 

5. Minimalism 

 

In drastic contrast to the visual chaos of vintage-inspired covers and collaged covers, minimalistic covers are gaining huge momentum. Unlike the collage, which can cover many aspects of a book’s message, minimalistic covers focus on one central element and emphasize it. Minimalistic covers also emphasize white space and use it to their advantage, especially in covers like that of Imagine Me Gone by Adam Hasletttt and In The Eyes Of Grace by Grace Akinlemibola. 

 

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Unlike the bright and flashy covers of those mentioned before, minimalist covers of 2018 are grabbing potential reader’s attention by showing less. 

 

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10 Redesigned Book Covers That’ll Make You Want a New Copy of an Old Favorite

They say never judge a book by its cover but we all do, and sometimes, so do the publishers. Book covers are constantly getting redesigned and aesthetically cultivated, and the slight changes with each new edition makes for an interesting collection of the same book. I don’t hate it, and I don’t think y’all do either.

 

Here are ten of my favorite redesigned covers that make me want to go out and replace the perfectly good books I already own. The copy I own is pictured on the left, the copy I want, the right.

 

1. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

 

Call of the Wild

 

 

2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

 

 

3. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

 

The Metamorphosis

 

 

4. Emma by Jane Austen

 

Emma

 

 

5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

 

 

6. 1984 by George Orwell

 

1984

 

 

7. A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin

 

A Manual for Cleaning Women

 

 

8. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

 

The Lovely Bones

 

 

9. The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr

 

The Liars Club

 

 

 

10. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

 

No Country for Old Men