Monday, March 16, 2009

I've got it covered

I'm jumping out of order here for three reasons: I'm bored, too jet-lagged to do anything other than stare at a screen (or sleep), and I've missed a couple of turns in the rotation. It may be tempting to misconstrue this interruption of our regularly scheduled blogging for an overzealous enthusiasm for books, but please refrain from doing so. Well, fine. I am as excited as someone who just got off of an 11 hour flight can be about the second of my occasional themes on the Green Apple Core: cover design.

A few weeks ago, Nick emailed me a link to a list of "30 novels worth buying for the cover alone" at AbeBooks. (It doesn't really matter if one reads the novels after buying them.) I doubt anyone would agree entirely with the selections, but that's the point. Are there books you've picked up solely on the strength of their cover design? And perhaps more interestingly, which books have you avoided because of their cover design?


Spiros said...

Curiously enough, just a couple days ago, I was at City Lights, looking for a Donald Westlake. The only one they had was WHAT'S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN, the movie tie-in edition, which put me right off. Pretty much any movie tie-in cover will discourage me from buying a book.

Postillion said...

Collected Poems of Zbigniew Herbert. I love that cover, cigarette and all (but maybe that's because I am a smoker!). And I even read some of the poems.