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Never Judge a Book by it’s Cover

Posted by LibeRaCe on January 19, 2009

..or so the saying goes. But sometimes are books not also objects of beauty? The New York Times Blog holds a book design review each year http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/05/judging-book-covers/ .
 

art-deco-design-wood-inlaid-blankOf course there are also antique book covers which are extremely collectable and more recent books specifically covered in such a way and with such materials that the intrinsic value may not be the writing inside. Abebooks, an excellent source for secondhand books, recently promoted a selection of books with unusual bindings http://www.abebooks.com/books/unusual-bindings.shtml?cm_ven=nl&cm_cat=nl&cm_pla=cme_bookbindings&cm_ite=feature

 

A 2007 article in the Times Online suggested that book covers can actually put people off reading a book http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article2507850.ece

so surely the opposite might be true. This cover instantly caught my eye Come on Shore and we will Eat and Kill you all. Perhaps on a library website I shouldn’t be advocating choosing a book because of the way it looks but just maybe, some of the designs could infuence your decision to open a book you would not have considered reading otherwise.

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One Response to “Never Judge a Book by it’s Cover”

  1. Hazel said

    Its without an apostrophe, please.
    Love your blog otherwise but that did grate on the nerves!

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