Interior designers often recommend removing the dust jackets from books before placing them on the shelves “for a more unified appearance,” but Julie Bosman in her article for the New York Times – Selling Old-Style Books by Their Gilded Covers -writes that publishers are now counting on innovative book covers to compete with electronic books.
“If e-books are about ease and expedience, the publishers reason, then print books need to be about physical beauty and the pleasures of owning, not just reading.”
New books with attracting and unusual covers include…
“If the physical book, as we’ve come to call it, is to resist the challenge of the e-book, it has to look like something worth buying and worth keeping.” Julian Barnes
One of my favorite books with one of my favorite covers – still on my shelf –
I like all of these, although the Barnes one is just-OK for me. I love, love my copy of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Harback with embossed, rough, and smooth surfaces. It’s wonderful.
I think it is definitely true that a nice cover can make all the difference. With The Night Circus some of my enjoyment came from the physical book rather than the text. You wouldn’t get that with ebooks. 🙂
I actually read The Night Circus on my iPhone because I was so anxious to get to it. Guess that says something about how wonderful the books was (http://nochargebookbunch.com/2011/10/06/the-night-circus/).