Judging a Book by its Cover: The Best Book Cover Designs of 2013

Typography, illustration, photograhy and graphic design can work together to tell a story and catch your eye. This year, some notable trends in book cover art direction include handwritten lettering and torn paper. Here’s the 3rd annual round-up of 50 of the best book cover designs to hit the shelves of Half Price Books in the past year, including some re-releases, reprinted literary classics and paperback releases, alongside brand new publications in 2013. Hope you enjoy this collection of eye candy.

          

If you’re interested, here are the lists from 2012 and 2011.

Which book cover of 2013 is your favorite?

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

Judging a Book by its Cover: The Best of 2012

Back again! The 2nd annual tribute to eye candy that is a bookstore. Out of the thousands of books that have been released in the past year, there are some that may have stopped you in your tracks and made you look twice. Through a combination of illustration, photograhy, typography and negative space, book cover designs can compell our attention. A book can suddenly beg to be picked up and opened.

Here’s my round-up of 50 of the best book cover designs to hit the shelves in the past year, including some reprinted literary classics and paperback releases, alongside brand new publications in 2012. Enjoy this collection of eye-catching book covers.

What book cover caught your eye in 2012?

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

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.