The Book Cover Archive

My sweet friend Serena Olivieri, an amazingly talented paper artist from Spain who creates and sells handmade notebooks has recently been pinning gorgeously designed book covers.

I’m probably not the first to admit this, but I judge books by their covers. I know it’s a bad habit, but I also read the book jacket and listen to the recommendations of family and friends before purchasing a new book. I’ve been known to add other editions of books in my library if one of my four eyes crosses paths with a uniquely designed one.

The same goes for DVDs. I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for aesthetically pleasing packaging and there’s not a support group in the world who can help me.

If you want to lose yourself in a sea of book cover inspiration for a good hour or two, I highly recommend leafing through The Book Cover Archive.

Maintained by Ben Pieratt of General Projects (check out book covers designed by Ben) and Eric Jacobsen of Whisky Van Gogh Go, the guys provide information you’d expect, like the author, publisher, publication date AND quite often offer information about the designer, photographer, and even typefaces involved in creating the cover of a book.

I recently perused The Book Cover Archive site for covers designed with nature themes and here’s what I uncovered. Bad puns aside, which nature-themed book covers are your favorites from the Book Cover Archive?

nature-themed book covers from The Book Cover Archive

Fun tidbit about The Book Cover Archive site: after each click of the word “Randomize” in the header of the site, the letters are rearranged in a random order in the word “Randomize” as well.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

2 replies on “The Book Cover Archive

  1. Don’t feel guilty, you’re not alone in judging books by their covers! These are a pretty bunch, the kind I’d have facing outward on my shelves.

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