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Judge a book by its cover

Article by Awwwards in Design & Illustration - July 11

The evolution of cover jackets on literature shows how design has become more and more important through time in our society. At first, they were there just to protect the pages inside, but in the middle of the 19th century publishers realized that cover design could be used as a medium to promote their product. Nowadays, when we walk into a bookstore book covers speak to us. Some hush seductively while others are like a scream to our eyes. They tell us about the genre of the book, its tone and style. In this post we show you a bunch of the most fresh, different and beautiful cover designs you can find on bookstores today. And although it's what's inside what counts, it is impossible look at them and not judge the book by its cover.

  • A Clockwork Orange // Cover Design: Kristian Hammerstad

    A Clockwork Orange // Cover Design: Kristian Hammerstad

  • Hell's Angels // Cover Design: Dominique Holmes

    Hell's Angels // Cover Design: Dominique Holmes

  • Lolita // Cover Design: Kathrybn Macnaughton

    Lolita // Cover Design: Kathrybn Macnaughton

  • Cat's Cradle // Cover Design: Parra

    Cat's Cradle // Cover Design: Parra

  • To See Every Bird on Earth // Cover Design: Mike Langman

    To See Every Bird on Earth // Cover Design: Mike Langman

  • Eva Luna // Cover Design: Elsa Mora

    Eva Luna // Cover Design: Elsa Mora

  • The Revolution of Little Girls // Cover Design: Barbara deWilde

    The Revolution of Little Girls // Cover Design: Barbara deWilde

  • The Chess Machine // Cover Design: Penguin Design: Gray318

    The Chess Machine // Cover Design: Penguin Design: Gray318

  • Animal Farm // Cover Design: Shepard Fairey

    Animal Farm // Cover Design: Shepard Fairey

  • South of the Border, West of the Sun // Cover Design: John Gall

    South of the Border, West of the Sun // Cover Design: John Gall

  • Queer // Cover Design: Gregg Kulick (UNPUBLISHED)

    Queer // Cover Design: Gregg Kulick (UNPUBLISHED)

  • Bridget Jones's Diary // Cover Design: Tara McPherson

    Bridget Jones's Diary // Cover Design: Tara McPherson

  • Rant // Cover Design: Rodrigo Corral

    Rant // Cover Design: Rodrigo Corral

  • French Milk // Cover Design: Lucy Knisley

    French Milk // Cover Design: Lucy Knisley

  • The Jungle // Cover Design: Charles Burns

    The Jungle // Cover Design: Charles Burns

  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close // Cover Design: Gray318

    Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close // Cover Design: Gray318

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray // Cover Design: Ruben Toledo

    The Picture of Dorian Gray // Cover Design: Ruben Toledo

  • Lady Chatterley's Lover // Cover Design: Lucy McLauchlan

    Lady Chatterley's Lover // Cover Design: Lucy McLauchlan

  • Philosophy in the Boudoir // Cover Design: Tomer Hanuka

    Philosophy in the Boudoir // Cover Design: Tomer Hanuka

  • Raiva nos raios de sol // Cover Design: Samir Machado

    Raiva nos raios de sol // Cover Design: Samir Machado

  • Tell-All // Cover Design: Rodrigo Corral

    Tell-All // Cover Design: Rodrigo Corral

  • Octopussy // Cover Design: Michael Gillette

    Octopussy // Cover Design: Michael Gillette

  • The White Mary // Cover Design: Kelly Blair

    The White Mary // Cover Design: Kelly Blair

  • Wuthering Heights // Cover Design: Ruben Toledo

    Wuthering Heights // Cover Design: Ruben Toledo

  • Something for the Weekend // Cover Design: Marianne Deuchars

    Something for the Weekend // Cover Design: Marianne Deuchars

  • A Confederacy of Dunces // Cover Design: Gary Taxali

    A Confederacy of Dunces // Cover Design: Gary Taxali

  • Milk // Cover Design: Barbara deWilde

    Milk // Cover Design: Barbara deWilde

  • A Room with a View // Cover Design: Chris Silas Neal

    A Room with a View // Cover Design: Chris Silas Neal

  • The Communist Manifesto // Cover Design: Paul Buckley

    The Communist Manifesto // Cover Design: Paul Buckley

  • Money // Cover Design: Paul Buckley

    Money // Cover Design: Paul Buckley

  • Ruby // Cover Design: Will Staehle

    Ruby // Cover Design: Will Staehle

  • Century Rain // Cover Design: Sanda Zahirovic

    Century Rain // Cover Design: Sanda Zahirovic