The Look of the Book

Jackets, Covers, and Art at the Edges of Literature
Product Number: EB00719726
Released: Oct 06, 2020
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780399581038
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
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A colorful and captivating visual exploration of book cover design, with never-before-seen sketches, mock-ups, and case studies, plus insider interviews with novelists and publishing executives that bring to light the inspiration, methods, and creative genius behind the book covers that grace our shelves. As readers, we're all familiar with the pleasures and pitfalls of judging a book by its cover. The cover is the outward face of the text-done right, a cover can become iconic. The Look of the Book examines the art of the book cover through memorable and notable covers, case studies, interviews with literary luminaries, galleries of jackets for bestselling books that never saw the light of day, and more. Authored by legendary designer and art director Peter Mendelsund and Harvard humanities professor David Alworth, this fascinating inside look at the intersection of culture and commerce challenges our notions of what book cover art can and should be. With a luxe jacket treatment and special production features such as gatefolds and episodic acetate interior pages that create a "peekaboo" effect, this is the perfect gift for book and design lovers.

Original Publish Date: Oct 06, 2020

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