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 finally made a move to start collecting the rest of the Penguin Drop Caps series, after owning “A” (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, of course) for quite some time. I’ve decided to go in order, so naturally “B” was next. In case you don’t know, this series goes by the last name of the author, so “B” is Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Each book has a quote from the novel on the back (and an annoyingly large and hard to remove barcode sticker) and the edges of the pages are colored to match the book. ISBN: 9780143123149.