All year long I’m around books. At home, in the office, in warehouses, in bookstores, in libraries and book tradeshows, I see them everywhere. It’s difficult for me to walk by them without stopping and picking one up. Why? The cover.
A cleverly designed book cover can propel a book’s sales. Each of us has a different visual perspective, but you know a great visual design when you see it. Some covers simply stop you in your tracks and almost make you pick up the book. Other covers just fall flat, dooming the book before it even has a chance. And a little known fact: authors generally have little to no say in the cover design.
Every year, I collect my favorite covers of the year. I read the best cover lists to see which covers made it. This year, I decided to share my list of the best book covers for 2011. (See also 2012 winners).
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami; Design by Chip Kidd; Published by Knopf
The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson; Design by Smart Guys design; Published by Revell
Crossroads by Mary Ting; Published by World Castle Publishing
Folks, This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin; Design by Jody Waldrup; Published by Center Street
Games to Play After Dark by Seth Gardner Borden; Design by Ralph Fowler; Published by Vintage
Hubble: Imaging Space and Time by David Devorkin and Robert Smith; Design by Sam Serebin; Published by National Geographic
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley; Design by Diane Hobbing; Published by Delacorte Press