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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

          Book Covers - things magazine

          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.

          Book Covers

          “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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