Judge a book by its cover

28 March 09

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.




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.

Brittney replied about 14 years ago.

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

Brittney replied about 14 years ago.

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 !

annso replied about 14 years ago.

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.

Jen replied about 14 years ago.

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

Triss replied about 14 years ago.

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

e replied about 14 years ago.

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.

Kim replied about 14 years ago.

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

kris atomic replied about 14 years ago.

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!

Kim replied about 14 years ago.

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

currently reading ‘goodbye tsugumi’ by banana yoshimoto.

andy replied about 14 years ago.

Glass Castle is really good.

Danni replied about 14 years ago.

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

Ley replied about 14 years ago.

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

Stilist replied about 14 years ago.

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

kris atomic replied about 14 years ago.

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.

Elaine replied about 14 years ago.

I’m reading Wuthering Heights, just finished Middlesex.

Bdicte replied about 14 years ago.

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

kris atomic replied about 14 years ago.

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

Kristin replied about 14 years ago.


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.

Christie replied about 14 years ago.

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

kris atomic replied about 14 years ago.

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