Judging a Book by its Cover: The Best of 2011

Bookstores are eye candy. Art is on every shelf, in every nook and cranny. “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” or so the saying goes. I beg to differ. I do it all the time. And I’d venture to say you do too. Mere moments – that’s all it takes for you to react to the colors, typography and imagery. Good design can make the difference between you picking up the book and passing it by.

Here’s my round-up of 50 of the best book cover designs to hit the shelves in the past year. Some are New York Times bestsellers while some are lesser known titles. But all in all – between the reprinted classics and modern lit released in 2011 – there’s a wealth of eye-catching book cover designs. 

 
 
   
   
   
  
   
   
  
 

 

Which is your fave? What book did you read this year because the cover caught your eye?

Meredith is Associate Creative Director at Half Price Books Corporate.
You can follow her on Twitter at @msquare21.

5 thoughts on “Judging a Book by its Cover: The Best of 2011

  1. These are lovely to look at…. so good you could frame 'em and mount 'em on the wall. My fave is the "Windblowne" book — what a magical illustration that is!

  2. Pingback: Judging a Book by its Cover: The Best Book Cover Designs of 2013 | The Half Price Blog

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