We’ve all heard the adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” But when it comes to library eBooks, the visual appeal of cover images is more important than ever. OverDrive’s Next Generation library websites prominently displays book jackets to provide users with a more visually engaging browsing experience. Eye-catching cover images can prompt users to sample and borrow titles that they would’ve otherwise missed.
Recently, a number of publications have compiled “Best-of” lists for book jackets. Do you agree with these picks?
The New York Times’ “Favorite Book Cover Designs of 2012”
- “The Map and the Territory” by Michel Houellebecq
- “The Flame Alphabet” by Ben Marcus
- “How Music Works” by David Byrne
- “Bloodland” by Alan Glynn
The Los Angeles Times’ “18 Fantastic 2012 Book Covers”
- “Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History” by Florence Williams
- “Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety” by Daniel Smith
- “Magnificence” by Lydia Millet
- “The Vanishers” by Heidi Julavits
The Atlantic Wire’s “Most Wonderful Book Covers of the Year”
- “The Selection” by Kiera Cass
- “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio
- “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer
- “Every Day” by David Levithan
To order these and other eBooks and audiobooks with attention-grabbing covers, visit Content Reserve. (Title availability may vary by geographic region.)
Melissa Marin is a Marketing Specialist at OverDrive.