I recently read an article on CNN—Book jackets: An endangered art—on how e-readers threaten the beauty and lessen the importance of cover art.
My favorite part of the article:
- Cover art (Is it a pretty color? Has it been done before? How relevant will it be to the story?)
- Size, location, and content of author photo (Pretentious smile or background? It's their first book but it takes up the entire page?)
- Reviews (How many and from what sources?)
- Blurb length, relevance, and location (Is it on the back of a paperback, where it should be, or do they move it inside to make room for laudatory reviews?)
- Awards (Which award? Did they win or were they a finalist? Have I heard of it before?)
Below are a few of the covers that first popped to mind as I read the article. Covers that I think of every time I think of the book. Covers that are the reason I bought the book in the first place. Covers that I saw on the other side of the bookstore and raced to get to. Covers that may not represent the "classics" but represent something to me.