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?
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.