Category Archives: Book Design

Penguin’s Pet Project

They seem to be going after the “Pimp Your Ride” crowd.

Basically Penguin will start selling (end of November) real books by real authors… but with no covers. Apparently they hope people will buy the blanks and design their own covers and share with the world.

You can keep up with this project and gallery of uploaded user’s pics on Penguin’s site.

I’m not sure this gimmick will catch on. Just seems kinda hokey. Should be fun to watch though. I wonder if there will be a price difference in a book with a cover and without a cover?

Just Say No…

to ugly books. Here’s a nifty rant on the looks of books.

I think he has a point. Publishers are cranking out titles by the boatload. Too fast for any serious design and thoughtful consideration to be embedded in the all the covers. True. There are a few. But for the most part, most covers and overall design are ho-hum. Not too mention this gent’s observations on the physical size and trim of books these days.