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Re-imagining the book cover for digital publishing

Posted by Daisy Ware-Jarrett on Dec 14, 2014 10:00:18 AM

Despite being taught not to judge a book by its cover; when the metaphors are out the window, we all judge books by their covers. Book shops are full of novels and biographies with thousands of typography variants, surface textures and colours just asking us to pull them from the shelf and look inside.

Covers don't hold as much power over readers in the digital world (yet), they are barely seen at all and when they are they're not big enough to grab your attention and pull you in, we often turn to peer reviews and rating systems to act as our new cover. The failure to transition well to digital is not a flaw in covers as a concept, instead it's our own reluctance to re-write the rule book when new technologies arise that can be blamed for the down-grading of the cover.

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Topics: Technology, Blog, digital book cover, digital publishing, page lizard, pelican books, re-imagining book, responsive publishing

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