cover of do androids dream of electric sheep? by philip k. dick (panther paperback, 1972); via pulpcrush
"I think there are two primary jobs that a jacket has to do: It has to represent a text and it has to sell it. In a way, a book jacket … is sort of like a title that an author comes up with. It’s one thing that has to speak to a big aggregate thing, which is the book itself. And it has to be compelling in some way such that you’re interested enough to pick it up — and perhaps buy it. … It’s like a billboard or an advertisement or a movie trailer or a teaser. …
I think of a book jacket as being sort of like a visual reminder of the book, but … it’s also a souvenir of the reading experience. Reading takes place in this nebulous kind of realm, and in a way, the jacket is part of the thing that you bring back from that experience. It’s the thing that you hold on to.”
- Peter Mendelsund, book jacket designer
Using metal wire, artist and humorist Terry Border cleverly turned books into anthropomorphic characters ⇢ http://ebks.to/1jNSaoZ
That’s the same edition of 1984 my father gave me in the summer of 1984, saying, “here, I think you’re ready to read this.” I was nine. Ahh, memories!