Thread of good book covers


Inspired by the wicked book cover images @_Em posted in the favourite authors thread.

I sometimes wonder whether the phrase “you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover” was invented by the publishing industry to let them off the hook for the fact that a worrying proportion of book covers are absolute wank. That’s partly why really nice book covers feel extra special: they have the additional edge on them by virtue of not looking like they were cacked out by a focus group, all of whom moonlight as guinea pigs for experimental imagination-pummelling mega-narcotics.

Anyway, the two books I’m reading right now have really nice covers…


This Japanese edition of Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is worthy of note, too…

… and weep at the sheer holistic achievement of:


You’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover



We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a stone cold classic.


Pretty much any edition this company puts out. I guess my dream would be to design something for them one day. I think that day is a long way off.


I have this edition of Under Milk Wood.


Going through my bookshelves here:

This book about artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.




I got a whole box of postcards of these from TK Maxx recently. 100 postcards for £5.




Not so much the cover, but the texture of the paper and print:





I really want this

but the only copy I have ever seen for sale was fifty quid, which seemed a lot for a book I already own twice.


Loads more coming, I’ve got a Pinterest board full of this stuff:



Pure Scarfolk, but an actual real book.