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.

Celebrate America Recycles Day with Book Art

It’s America Recycles Day! Are you recycling, America? Half Price Books prides itself on preserving and recycling anything printed or recorded since 1972. Approximately three quarters of what we put on the shelves are re-sold items for you to discover amongst our store full of treasures! If you buy from us, you are part of the joyous (re)cycle!

In honor of America Recycles Day, I have a fitting confession to make (forgive me): I once…bought books….without intending to read them. You see, I saw this blog post some years back and I thought surely, with my crafty and creative genes, I could construct an amateur version of such spectacular art. Long shredded-paper-and-Xacto- knife-wound story short, I couldn’t. However, if you ever need a human paper shredder, I am your girl. I still sometimes happen upon the fine confetti buried in my carpet reminding me –painfully- of a crafting night gone wrong.

But let us forget the past and leave the hard part to the professionals! Celebrate this America Recycles Day by marveling at the art of these up-cycled book sculptures. And, if you’ve had any better attempts at this craft than me, send me some tips or just post a picture on our facebook page to rub it in my face.

Make something beautiful by recycling today—and every day!

— Becky G.