Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: S

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!

One of my friends on Instagram took a picture of this book after he bought it – and then sent me a few more. I barely knew what it was about, but it looked so cool I had to have it. To this day, I don’t think he’s read it, but I have and I absolutely loved it. S by Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams (ISBN: 9780316201643) aka Ship of Theseus by V.M. Straka is one of the most uniquely designed books I’ve ever read and I loved the story too. I loved turning the pages and discovering new notes to read and fun bits of ephemera that lent themselves to the story. Seriously, check out this book!

Also, if you’ve read the book and figured out how to use the wheel-thingy that was included, let me know! Honestly, I didn’t really try to figure it out – nor have I Googled how to use it – so I’m being really lazy here. But just curious what others might have found out!

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