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Excellent Book Covers and Paperbacks

        Book covers are hard to design and nice to look at. An effective book cover manages to catch human’s eye and convey the idea behind the book on one single page. However, it’s getting even harder: to make a book really hard to forget, designers need to design the cover in a unique, creative and striking way. That’s not that different from Web where it’s important to build a sound information architecture upon a rather restricted design layout.

        Book covers are hard to design and nice to look at. An effective book cover manages to catch human’s eye and convey the idea behind the book on one single page. However, it’s getting even harder: to make a book really hard to forget, designers need to design the cover in a unique, creative and striking way. That’s not that different from Web where it’s important to build a sound information architecture upon a rather restricted design layout.

        The main idea of this post is to provide you with some creative, expressive and appealing book covers. You won’t like all of them, but you’ll definitely find some designs which are worth pondering upon.

        Further Reading on SmashingMag:

        Please keep in mind: there are thousands of excellent book covers; we’ve selected only few ones which are excellent in our humble opinion. Although this selection is definitely subjective, we’ve tried to do our best to find interesting designs which make the book cover hard to forget. If you have further suggestions please comment on this post. All covers posted are the copyright of their respective holders.

        Book Covers

        A Clockwork Orange Meet Alex. Simple, but so memorable. Designed by David Pelham.

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        Brave New World Designed by Gregg Kulick.

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        A Perfect Mess

        Book Covers - A Perfect Mess

        Christopher Moore, “The Dirty Job”, 1007

        Book Covers - Christopher Moore, Un lavoro sporco, 10/07

        Disorders of Memory and Learning Effective and creative. 1968. Cover Design by Martin Bassett.

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        Jordan Crane’s Book Covers Crane’s illustrations are beautiful and memorable. That’s what makes a good book cover.

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        Paul Rand’s Book Covers Paul Rand: one of the most influential modern graphic designers. Simple and effective.

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        Book Covers - the-end-of-inequality.jpg (image)

        The End Of Inequality Cover design by Peter Stone.

        Book Covers - Judge a book.....

        1984

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        Incomplete Manifesto Just a sketch. This book doesn’t exist.

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        Soviet Science Fiction book cover

        Book Covers - Soviet Science Fiction book cover

        Penguin Book Covers

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        St. Cyborg’s

        Book Covers - St. Cyborg's

        A Penguin Special - A Suitable Case for Treatment

        Book Covers - A Penguin Special - A Suitable Case for Treatment

        “The book of the Spirits”

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        Gas Book 08: Blue Source

        Book Covers - Gas Book 08: Blue Source

        The Language of Graphics

        Book Covers - The Language of Graphics

        1964 Sex and Society - Alex Comfort

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        1970 War Gaming - Andrew Wilson

        Book Covers - things magazine

        5ПЯТИЛЕТКА A Soviet book cover from 1930.

        Book Covers - 5ПЯТИЛЕТКА (1930)

        John Gall’s Book Covers Gall’s covers always take a look at the book content from a quite unusual perspective. Masterpieces.

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        We Can Build You

        Book Covers - We Can Build You

        Magical Thinking The book cover is attractive and conveys the idea of the book.

        Book Covers - Good Is Dead. The Learners in finer bookstores everywhere.

        Twenty Questions

        Book Covers - Good Is Dead. The Learners in finer bookstores everywhere.

        1982 Know Your Own Personality.

        Book Covers - things magazine

        ВЧЕРА И СЕГОДНЯ (1935)

        Book Covers - ВУЕРА СЕГОДНЯ (1935)

        Alvin Lustig’s Book Covers

        Book Covers - Alvin Lustig, Modern American Design Pioneer - Books and Periodicals - New Directions

        Suiza Constructiva

        Book Covers - Suiza Constructiva

        “The Art of a Book” Interesting conceptual solution.

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        “The Creative Process”

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        Understanding Media Interesting use of symbols.

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        Exile and the Kingdom Eye-catching. Designed by Helen Yentus.

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        House of Meetings Designer: Peter Mendelsund.

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        Cigarette Century

        Book Covers - The Book Design Review

        Dutch paperback book cover design

        Book Covers - Dutch paperback book cover design

        Hans Kleefeld book cover design

        Book Covers - FFFFOUND!

        Livre perdu1 / Lost book 1

        Book Covers - Livre perdu1 / Lost book 1

        Toby Litt

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        Grabink Book Covers Decoration Book bindings by gner-artists Chris Enock and David Enock.

        Book Covers - The Arts Décoratifs Collection/Grabink

        Book Covers - The Arts Décoratifs Collection/Grabink

        Minimalism

        The Music of Chance

        Book Covers - Book Cover: The Music of Chance

        One Red Paperclip

        Book Covers - The Book Design Review

        Supercapitalism

        Book Covers - Book Covers

        Worst Years Of Your Life

        Book Covers - Book Covers

        Typography

        Expo 58, book cover

        Book Covers - Expo 58, book cover

        Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

        Book Covers - The Illustrated Novel

        Last Days Of Publishing

        Book Covers - Book Covers

        The Trouble With Physics

        Book Covers - The Book Design Review

        Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance

        Book Covers - Book Covers

        The Disappearing Liberal Intellectual

        Book Covers - Book Covers

        Emil Ruder, “Typographie”

        Book Covers - Emil Ruder's Typographie

        Nikelleo Rellana’s work

        Book Covers

        House of Leaves Book Cover Designed by Joe Paul.

        Book Covers - House of Leaves Book Cover

        Change the Way You See Everything: Through Asset-Based Thinking

        Book Covers - Amazon Online Reader : Change the Way You See Everything: Through Asset-Based Thinking

        Kidney For Sale By Owner Designed by David Drummond.

        Book Covers - Kidney For Sale By Owner

        Ace of Spades: A Memoir

        Book Covers - AIGA Design Archives

        About Face: Reviving the Rules of Typography

        Book Covers - About Face: Reviving the Rules of Typography

        The Mayor’s Tongue

        Book Covers - The Book Design Review

        All the Sad Young Literary Men

        Book Covers - The Book Design Review

        swissmiss: Books

        Book Covers - swissmiss: Books

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