I just love talking about pretty book covers, so much, I had to come back for more 😉
There is a book about book covers. Cue Inception-sound-effect here.
Jane Austen Cover to Cover: 200 Years of Classic Book Covers details Austen novels from their very first printings to the copies used in classrooms today (Bantam, Oxford, Penguin classics). A little blurb accompanies each cover describing the design and, at times, critiquing the artistic choices. It’s a really awesome journey-through-editions. I hope they do these with a bunch of the classics!
What’s more, there is a website that goes in depth about how covers are developed and chosen! I stumbled on this blog when I was first hatching my own. Talking Covers lays out several recent releases, then goes into interviews with the author about their input on the cover and how they settled on the final product, interviews with the cover’s artist, and/or options for said cover (this part’s my favorite: it’s cool to see what the book could have been! And for the most part, the best cover was definitely selected). The last post was in 2013, and I’m so hoping this blog or something similar to it will start up again.
Okay, just had to get those couple of things out of my system. Happy Friday!