Judging A Book By Its Cover: Typographic Covers

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. 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 do purchase special editions of books and multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

I’ve always been interested in typography, so I wanted to appreciate a few covers that are primarily text-based – and since none of them have any special design elements inside, I figured I’d do them in a little group.

The Corpse-Rat King by Lee Battersby, 2012 Angry Robot, cover by Nick Castle, ISBN: 9780857662873

The Islanders by Christopher Priest, 2017 Titan, cover by Amazing15.com, ISBN: 9781781169483

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu, 2010 vintage, cover illustration by Peter Quach and design by John Gall, ISBN: 9780307739452

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