Palimpsest  

Go Back   Palimpsest > User Forums > General Chat

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 29th Oct 2007, 23:44   #1
ions
Palimpsestarian
has nowt better to do
 
ions's Avatar
 
Join Date: 26 Nov 2005
Location: Canada
Posts: 322
Default Judging Books by Their Covers (Image Thread)

(Thanks mod/admin)
I searched and didn't see a thread dedicated so...

What are the book covers you love? The ones you hate?

Here's one I like:


Here's the upcoming cover of Darkmans US release that I rather like:

Hopefully the font inside is better than the UK version as much as the cover is.

Another favourite of mine:


A great place for looking at covers and discussions of covers is http://covers.fwis.com/ where I found this:

Purdy.

Last edited by ions; 30th Oct 2007 at 22:30.
ions is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th Oct 2007, 0:02   #2
aquablue
Banned
has nowt better to do
 
Join Date: 6 Sep 2006
Location: Miami, Florida
Posts: 359
Default Re: Judging Albums by Their Covers (Image Thread)

Those are all very nice ions.
aquablue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th Oct 2007, 9:11   #3
John Self
Administrator
suffers from smallness of vision
 
John Self's Avatar
 
Join Date: 27 Jun 2003
Location: Belfast
Posts: 15,939
Default Re: Judging Books by Their Covers (Image Thread)

I love a good cover; it adds a whole 'nother dimension to the reading experience if the book you hold in your hand is as lovely to look at as it is to read.

I do think US cover design lags, for the most part, some way behind UK design. Here are a few of my favourites, mostly titles that I've read this year (limiting myself to these as it means I already have the cover images stored for use on my blog):



























__________________
Reading Vasily Grossman, Life and Fate | Asylum | Book List
John Self is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th Oct 2007, 10:28   #4
BeccaK
Palimpsestarian
is a Palimpsester Extraordinaire
 
BeccaK's Avatar
 
Join Date: 17 Apr 2007
Location: Fife
Posts: 1,098
Default Re: Judging Books by Their Covers (Image Thread)

I bought this book solely on the strength of its cover. I didn't enjoy the novel, but I can't bear to part with it because it's so pretty (better in the flesh):


__________________
Reading: the Decameron - Boccaccio
2009 charlieledweaning
Flickr
BeccaK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th Oct 2007, 10:35   #5
John Self
Administrator
suffers from smallness of vision
 
John Self's Avatar
 
Join Date: 27 Jun 2003
Location: Belfast
Posts: 15,939
Default Re: Judging Books by Their Covers (Image Thread)

Quote:
Originally Posted by BeccaK
I didn't enjoy the novel, but I can't bear to part with it because it's so pretty
A condition I am all too familiar with! However, pressure of space on my books is now so tight that I had to abandon this. Even the most deliciously produced little dinky number doesn't get to stay unless I liked it.
__________________
Reading Vasily Grossman, Life and Fate | Asylum | Book List
John Self is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th Oct 2007, 10:37   #6
Ang
Senior Palimpsester
suckles at the teat of the Palim-God
 
Ang's Avatar
 
Join Date: 25 Oct 2006
Location: UK
Posts: 3,198
Default Re: Judging Books by Their Covers (Image Thread)

I don't mind too much what the cover is like normally, but the ones I do not like at all are those created as movie tie-in, with a photo of the actors on the cover. Ick.
__________________
2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008=post 80611
Ang is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th Oct 2007, 10:40   #7
John Self
Administrator
suffers from smallness of vision
 
John Self's Avatar
 
Join Date: 27 Jun 2003
Location: Belfast
Posts: 15,939
Default Re: Judging Books by Their Covers (Image Thread)

I've been thinking about what it is that makes me generally prefer UK cover design to US. I think one element of it is that US covers, even nicely designed ones like those ions posts above, usually take the form of an image with the title/type laid over it, separate from the image. The best UK designs seem to incorporate the type and lettering into the design: see the Eco, Greene, Farrell, Moody, Jackson, Davies (1930s style typeface to match the period of the railway poster) and Thirlwell above.
__________________
Reading Vasily Grossman, Life and Fate | Asylum | Book List
John Self is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th Oct 2007, 10:42   #8
John from Paris
Palimpsestarian
laughs in the face of fear
 
John from Paris's Avatar
 
Join Date: 24 Sep 2006
Location: Paris (since 1985)
Posts: 982
Default Re: Judging Books by Their Covers (Image Thread)

Ang, when we were in Foyles that day I deliberately chose the edition of P.D.James's The Children of Men with a bare tree on a hill on the cover, rather than the film tie-in (they were the same price). In this case I found the cover rather more successful than the novel... Very tedious, even for reading-on-the-Eurostar-on-the-way-home purposes... Like one part The Handmaid's Tale to ten parts water...
There may be one or two lurking somewhere, but, looking around, I don't seem to have any film tie-in editions at all.
John from Paris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th Oct 2007, 10:48   #9
amner
Administrator
is beyond help
 
amner's Avatar
 
Join Date: 10 Apr 2003
Location: Cambridge
Posts: 10,918
Default Re: Judging Books by Their Covers (Image Thread)

Has there ever been a decent film/TV tie-in cover? I read Atonement for the first time just recently and probably wouldn't have bothered had it been this version:



Isn't that just rubbish?
__________________
amner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th Oct 2007, 10:50   #10
Colyngbourne
Administrator
is beyond help
 
Colyngbourne's Avatar
 
Join Date: 30 Apr 2003
Location: England
Posts: 10,735
Default Re: Judging Books by Their Covers (Image Thread)

But this one is, to my mind, perfect: Edit: although now I've pasted it, it is colour-tinted in a way that my hardback copy isn't. I prefer the grey-scale version.

__________________
Currently reading: The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins | My reading list | My film list
Colyngbourne is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Comics/Graphic Novel thread monochrome Book Reviews 10 9th Jun 2008 8:29
2007 Filmlists Wavid Film Reviews 25 6th Aug 2007 18:34
Italo Calvino's book list Oryx General Chat 0 10th Mar 2007 23:11
3. Between the Covers John Self Features 18 15th Sep 2006 22:09
4. Shelving Plans John Self Features 60 11th Oct 2005 21:45


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 22:26.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.