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Excellent Book Covers and Paperbacks

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Book Covers - Book Covers

Book Covers - Book Covers

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

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Dutch paperback book cover design

Book Covers - Dutch paperback book cover design

Hans Kleefeld book cover design

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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

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Minimalism

The Music of Chance

Book Covers - Book Cover: The Music of Chance

One Red Paperclip

Book Covers - The Book Design Review

Supercapitalism

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Worst Years Of Your Life

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Typography

Expo 58, book cover

Book Covers - Expo 58, book cover

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Book Covers - The Illustrated Novel

Last Days Of Publishing

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The Trouble With Physics

Book Covers - The Book Design Review

Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance

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The Disappearing Liberal Intellectual

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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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