The Art and Business of Book Covers


As I read more online, and since my physical shelf space has dramatically shrunk, I wonder: what makes an eye-catching, effective book cover? Which books will make the final cut?

Here are pieces I’ve enjoyed, new and old, about the art and business of book cover design… More at Longreads.

Possibly more than in any other industry, it is ironic that the age-old analogy of ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ is exactly what happens when it comes to books.

With music, you tend to know what artists you want to look for in a record store and the cover of the CD or album means little to your purchase decision. With books, however, the opposite is true because besides from looking for books from your favourite authors, it is the cover that makes it stand out above all of the others on the shelf.

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