Snowbooks Cover Design Competition • 6 September 2007 • The SnowBlog

Snowbooks Cover Design Competition

After careful strategic consideration (meaning I just thought of it in the cab on the way home) I am proud to announce a competition that the Snowblog will be hosting for the best - and worst - cover designs in publishing today. It is a truth universally acknowledged by right-thinking people that you *can* sell a book by its cover. This means that cover design is important. I see some covers that gladden my heart - they make me pick the book up, they clearly indicate what sort of a book it is but mainly they just work: simultaneously beautiful and functional. Others, however, fail. They send confusing signals about the book. They are ugly, formulaic, or jarring to the eye. They act as a barrier to sales - if you buy the book, it's despite the cover. So: nominations first! Submit your nominations for the best and worst covers you've seen of late as a comment to this post, with a line describing why you like/dislike them. We'll collate them, and post the images up here, then have a vote. Head off to your local Book Depository to get some inspiration! My first nominations? The current Daphne Du Maurier collection receives my 'worst' nomination. To clad books of such rounded variety and passion with such thoughtless, bland covers baffles me. rebecca.jpg My favourite cover of recent times is Cloud Atlas. At once adventurous and conforming (it screams 'commercial literary fiction') it made me buy the book. I also liked the way the hardback morphed into the paperback - subtle changes but enough to make the book more accessible. cloudatlas.jpg On another cloud related note, I also adore The Cloudspotter's Guide. And who wouldn't? cloudspotter.jpg


The SnowBlog is one of the oldest publishing blogs, started in 2003, and it's been through various content management systems over the years. A 2005 techno-blunder meant we lost the early years, but the archives you're reading now go all the way back to 2005.

Many of the older posts in our blog archive suffer from link rot. Apologies if you see missing links and images: let us know if you'd like us to find any in particular.

Read more from the SnowBlog...

« Last call
Imaginary spaces and Earth's underside »