Judge a book by its cover

March 28th, 2009

Best internet discovery of the day: Book Cover Archive. You can browse by designer and font too, pretty great.

What are you reading at the moment? I’m half-way through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, which is quite good. I’m also listening to the audiobook of Crime and Punishment, which I like to think counts for something.

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20 Comments

  1. brittney says:

    i *love* the book cover archive. i have it on my google reader just so i can see what new ones they post as soon as they post them.

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  2. brittney says:

    and…i’m reading sebastian faulk’s “birdsong.” a lot of people really love it but so far, i think it’s alright.

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  3. annso says:

    Every time I enter into an English book store, I’m just amazed by the diversity of the cover ! They are just so colorful, so beautiful ! I makes me want to buy everyone of them.

    French book cover are really boring and ugly…
    Here is a few examples, so you understand how much it’s depressing !

    http://multimedia.fnac.com/multimedia/images_produits/ZoomPE/4/8/3/9782221099384.jpg -> see how the typo is NOT beautiful
    http://multimedia.fnac.com/multimedia/images_produits/ZoomPE/6/4/9/9782227475946.jpg –> this is without comment compare to the original cover
    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/416VNPEQR4L._SS500_.jpg –> the choice of the color is just… arrrgh !

    Well, there not all bad, I actually quite like the French cover of Stied Larsson’s book ( http://multimedia.fnac.com/multimedia/images_produits/ZoomPE/9/7/5/9782742761579.jpg ), but most of it is really ugly compared to the original covers !

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  4. jen says:

    fantastic find! i just got through james baldwins’ another country and am now a third of the way through pride and prejudice and zombies. from something beautiful and brutal to something quite dumb, but i needed a break from the levity.

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  5. Triss says:

    Wow! these are beautiful! I love your blog. It’s so inspiring…
    I just finished “Choke” by Chuck Palahniuk.Very good book, I really enjoyed it .Next on my list is “Journey To The End Of The Night” by Louis-Ferdinand Celine.Have a great Sunday.xo

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  6. E says:

    That IS an excellent discovery!! Wow!! I’m currently reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

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  7. Kim says:

    I l-o-v-e the Book Cover Archive! It’s so easy to get lost in there, and I always end up spending way too much time in the typeface category.

    I’ve got about 30 pages left in the first Lord of the Rings book before I move on to the next. And ‘reading’ audio books totally counts!

    How do you like Crime & Punishment? I’m trying to get my butt in gear with the classics (hence LoTR), but Crime & Punishment has always been super intimidating.

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    kris atomic says,

    March 29th, 2009 @ 10:33 pm

    I’ve only really just started C&P, but I like it so far. The names all confuse the shit out of me though, I can’t remember who is who (and being originally russian and having a russian surname, you’d think I’d have an advantage?!).
    I know what you mean about classics, I always feel like there’s still so much I haven’t read. I’m planning to do all the Austins and the Brontes next I think. x

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    Kim says,

    April 1st, 2009 @ 8:59 pm

    Oh, hah! I totally feel you with the confusing names. Last summer I got way into Orson Scott Card, and he gets heavy with Portuguese names in one book, then the sequel has Chinese characters added to the pile. I felt like I had to keep a pen and paper by my side just to keep everything in order!

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  8. andy says:

    you’ve showcased a beautiful & colorful selection of covers.

    currently reading ‘goodbye tsugumi’ by banana yoshimoto.

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  9. danni says:

    Glass Castle is really good.

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  10. Ley says:

    Those are beautiful covers! Thanks for sharing the website. I’m currently reading The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. :)

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  11. Stilist says:

    The girl with the dragon tatoo is great, I read it last summer but in swedish.

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    kris atomic says,

    March 29th, 2009 @ 10:30 pm

    Man, it was the slowest book to start with! The first 1/3 was so boring but now I’m super into it. x

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  12. Elaine says:

    O_O those book covers are so pretty >:] thanks for the link i shall now do my evil plan of ‘muhaha’
    looking more into this website :] thank you.

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  13. Bdicte says:

    I’m reading Wuthering Heights, just finished Middlesex.

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    kris atomic says,

    March 29th, 2009 @ 10:28 pm

    I really loved Middlesex, but could never get past the first couple of chapters of Wuthering Heights. Shame on me! x

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  14. Kristin says:

    I am such a sucker for picking books because of the cover. haha I must check this site out, thanks for posting!

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  15. Christie says:

    Thankyouthankyouthankyou!!!

    I checked this book “Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About” out from the library a few years ago and loveddd it, but once I gave it back I forgot the name! I have been trying to hunt it down since, and on a whim once I saw this website (thanks to you xoxo) I tried snooping around to find this book and TA DA! I am reunited with a literary love from the past.

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    kris atomic says,

    April 1st, 2009 @ 9:18 pm

    Yay! That book is really funny, I liked it too. x

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