Should you judge a book by its cover?

Posted by Guy Pringle, 9th July 2010

Crimson Rooms

Designing book jackets is definitely an art and I doff my hat to the creative souls who have to visualise books they haven't read and keep the author, agent, editor, marketeers and sales people happy - not forgetting the retailers - before it gets anywhere near you or I.

Even the simplest typographic approach - I'm thinking of Mitch Albom's books - has been carefully thought through. However, every so often there come along some jackets that bring a rye smile. In nb56 we featured The Crimson Rooms by Katharine McMahon, a misty moody figure strolls a promenade. Then lo and behold in nb57 along comes The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, on the cover of which . . .


angel's Game


jan howard said...

I totally agree with guy about book covers, its obviously not an easy job to encapsulate the full storyline, indeed isn't less better than more.But personally its not the cover that attracts me to a book, but rather the resume of the novel on the back cover, another hard job, to precis the book, without giving too much away of the story.

Posted on Mon 26 Jul 2010 @ 14:15

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