Judging A Book By Its Cover: Penguin Drop Caps (III)

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent – I created this feature to highlight and appreciate the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many wonderful editions!

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Penguin Drop Caps (II)

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 have purchased special editions of books, or 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 have six books in the Drop Caps series now and so far I’ve collected them in alphabetical order. They all have fantastic cover art by Jessica Hische. D is Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, ISBN: 9780143123798. E is Middlemarch by George Eliot, ISBN: 9780143123811. F is Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, ISBN: 9780143123804.

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Penguin Drop Caps

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 have purchased special editions of books, or 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 cannot get enough of these beautiful Penguin Drop Cap classics and I’ve showcased A (Pride and Prejudice) and B (Jane Eyre) previously – but when photographing C (My Antonia), it seemed a little lonely, so I took a few group photos and reshot B because…why not? I cannot wait until the day I own this full set…and then find a glorious shelf to display them all on. I digress….the ISBN for My Antonia is 9780143123156 and it was released in 2012. My one complaint about these editions is that they show dirt and dents very easily and I feel like they’re not meant to be read, though I may attempt to read some of them.

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Jane Eyre

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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!

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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.

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Pride and Prejudice (II)

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!

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