The 20 Most Iconic Book Covers Ever | Entertainment | Books, Classic books, ReadingI have an intense book addiction. For a while, I used paper boxes full of books as a bed frame. You know your habit is serious when you start making furniture out of books. Book nerds like me will make any excuse to score another title for their collections. Variant book covers are one of my biggest pitfalls. Like, yeah, I have this title in hardcover and paperback, but not U. Obviously, I need it.
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Not only are the stories within them capable of transporting you to far off lands and through thrilling tales, but they are prized for their beauty as well. Yes, we know you aren't supposed to judge a book by its cover, but come on, book covers matter. It's the reason why publishers constantly push out new editions of old books. If repackaged properly, an old book can become just as popular as a new one. Moreover, book covers are actually, literally judged. There are competitions and awards for book cover design. So don't feel bad if you find yourself trading in an older copy of a classic novel for a newer, sleeker edition.
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There are a lot of weird and bad book covers for the classics out there, and the Internet has delighted in chronicling them. Others rely on bad stock photos and inept Photoshopping for classic works that have crossed into the public domain, from The Scarlet Pimpernel to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn., Last month at CrimeReads , Rebecca Romney looked at a few classic detective novels that had, at one time or another, gotten makeovers as sexy pulps—because as we all know, the easiest way to sell something is to make it look salacious whether it actually is or not.
There is no shortage of terrible book covers for the classics, and scrolling through these abominations on the internet is always good for a laugh. Titles by Austen, Shakespeare, and Dickens that have crossed into the public domain are part of a never-ending assembly line of cheap reprints saddled with bafflingly ugly covers. Amateur Photoshopping and corny stock images abound. More often than not, the cover art is misleadingly sexy for the purpose of driving sales. Among the endless, nameless print-on-demand publishers producing this crap, one name stands out: Wordsworth Classics. Wordsworth Classics came into this world in , the product of UK-based publisher Wordsworth Editions.