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Killer Covers Can Boost Book Sales

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.11.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Because the University of Wisconsin Press had done such a bang-up job on my memoir My Germany--which got me three different tours, two in Germany--I gave them Assault With a Deadly Lie, and the cover they came up with knocked me out. So I decided the older Nick Hoffman books needed a makeover.

20 Beautiful Book Cover Designs To Swoon Over

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 12.17.2014 | Books

If you're not into judging books by their covers, you can check out our Best Books of 2014 list, which promises to assess titles based on content rath...

Self-Publishing and the DIY Doom

Gordy Grundy | Posted 01.11.2015 | Books
Gordy Grundy

Publishing a book is a wild tangle of creative, legal and business decisions. Many things are ideal to DIY; heart surgery, nuclear fusion and self-publishing are not among them.

Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover

Allison K Hill | Posted 07.13.2014 | Books
Allison K Hill

I've found that many booksellers, when faced with the sometimes daunting task of deciding what to read next, have developed their own idiosyncratic "strategies." Often secret, until now.

My Journey From Book Cover Model To Author

Elizabeth May | Posted 07.07.2014 | Books
Elizabeth May

I used to pick up books off the shelves in stores and stare at the models on the covers. I imagined my own work on the shelf, too -- books with my name on them. I never thought I would be sitting on the shelf as a book cover model.

Do Book Covers Matter? Do Fancy Panties Matter?

Kate Gale | Posted 06.03.2014 | Books
Kate Gale

Yes they do. Fancy panties are a signal that you got your game on in a way that long underwear or frowzy cotton drawers are a signal that says to your...

Self-Publishing on a Shoestring: Cover Me, Baby!

Christiana Miller | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Christiana Miller

If the cover intrigues potential readers, they'll read the product description and the sample pages. And that's where you'll hook them. From there, if your book lives up to the promise the cover made, your reader will make the journey from interested stranger to avid fan.

A Book and Its Cover

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Until the publication of my first novel, I'd never consciously thought about the importance of cover design. But the graphic artist's crucial role in the novel's production (and possible success) became apparent. The artist's talent was vitally important to the commercial viability of the novel.

10 Mistakes Authors Make that Cost a Fortune (and how to avoid them)

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Penny C. Sansevieri

When it comes to books, promotion, and book production I know that it can sometimes feel like a minefield of choices. And while I can't address each o...

'The Waste Land' Gets An Awesome New Cover

Posted 10.03.2013 | Books

Under the Covers is an ongoing feature in which we interview cover designers about their work. For this post, we interviewed designer Jamie Keenan abo...

William Morrow Stabs at the "Heart" of Ray Bradbury

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 10.16.2013 | Books
Steven Paul Leiva

The onset of the personal computer held no appeal for him, and the many advantages of Word Processing was not able to seduce him away from his beloved typewriter. But be all that as it may, shortly before his death Ray did acquiesce to having his books digitized. Why this change of mind?

Most Misleading Book Cover Ever?

Posted 07.24.2013 | Books

The latest edition of Flowers in the Attic came out a few years ago, published by Pocket Books. It was a reprint of a popular story first published in...

50 Best Book Covers Of 2012

Posted 06.27.2013 | Books

Design Observer just announced the best book covers of 2012. How do they pick these, you ask? Well, a 35-person advisory board nominates worthy bo...

Under The Covers: Stephen King's 'Joyland'

Posted 06.07.2013 | Books

Under the Covers is an ongoing series where we talk to book cover designers about the inspiration behind their work. For this feature, we interviewed ...

IMAGES: What Happens If You Flip The Gender Of Book Covers?

Posted 05.09.2013 | Books

Yesterday, author Maureen Johnson had a great idea. She tweeted "I do wish I had a dime for every email I get that says, "Please put a non-girly cover...

Under The Covers: 'The End Of The World In Breslau'

Posted 05.01.2013 | Books

In our ongoing series Under the Covers, we talk to the designers behind some of the most striking book covers about their inspirations and the stories...

Under The Covers: 'Love Water Memory'

Posted 04.01.2013 | Books

Love Water Memory ($26, Gallery Books) is a moving read, reflected beautifully in Laywan Kwan's cover design. As part of our series Under The Covers, ...

Under The Covers: 'Little Known Facts'

Posted 03.06.2013 | Books

As part of Under the Covers, our occasional series on book cover design (formerly known as Rejected Covers), we talked via email to Natalie Slocum, co...

PHOTOS: These Truman Capote Reissues Are Awesome

Posted 02.11.2013 | Books

Random House's Modern Library came out with a new series reissues for some of Truman Capote's classic works. We talked to the designer, Eric White, to...

PHOTOS: 18 Weirdest Sex Book Covers

Rebecca Joines Schinsky | Posted 04.09.2013 | Books
Rebecca Joines Schinsky

Because the way to feel less disgusting after a fall into this kind of internet rabbit hole is to share your findings with others. Here we go!

The Book Trend That NEEDS To Stop

Zoë Triska | Posted 04.01.2013 | Books
Zoë Triska

I think that while the cliche "Don't judge a book by its cover" is well-intentioned and may certainly be true when referring to people, it is bullsh*t when referring to actual books.

PHOTOS: Penguin Civic Classic Book Covers, Inspiration Behind Design

Posted 01.23.2013 | Books

We recently interviewed the Penguin Civics Classics book cover series designer Gregg Kulick about his design choices and inspiration. In your own ...

PHOTOS: Penguin's Beautiful Drop Cap Classics

Posted 12.18.2012 | Books

Paul Buckley is the VP Executive Creative Director and designed Penguin's Drop Cap Classics series with Jessica Hische In your own words, what is t...

Andrew Losowsky

Why Ebooks Are Inspiring A New Age Of Print | Andrew Losowsky | Posted 10.29.2012 | Books

Ebooks, like physical books, have weight. That is, according to a computer scientist at UC Berkeley, who calculated in 2011 that a 4GB ebook reader fi...

'A Clockwork Orange' Covers From The Past Fifty Years (IMAGES)

Posted 10.04.2012 | Books

"A Clockwork Orange" is a unique novel that, thanks to Stanley Kubrick's 1971 film, has become a fundamental cultural touchstone. Written in the imagi...