This is my weekly post where I choose to appreciate a book for its cover art or overall design – to me, a well designed book is like a piece of art. We all judge book covers to some extent. Personally, it’s usually a title/cover combination that pulls me in when I’m browsing in a bookstore. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers (looking at you, Penguin!) wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!
I may have mentioned in the past that I have several copies of Pride and Prejudice – I’m not sure I want to count, but it’s higher than 10 – and most of them I’ve purchased because they’re just so beautiful! It is one of my favorite books though, so my love isn’t completely superficial. This edition is from the Penguin Drop Caps series, which I would love to own all of, and was published in 2012 (ISBN: 9780143123163). It has wonderfully thick pages, with red edges, and it’s just so bright and fabulous!