Thursday, August 9, 2012

Covers and Their Designs

There is just something about holding a new, shiny book in your hands. I think it's because every book has a different feel, a different mood. When I went to make my vlog for YA Rebels, I decided to take a closer look at book covers and their designs. It amazed me how each book had its own distinctive look.

Some book covers have raised lettering, others with font that fits with the time period of the text, some have specific paper that fits with the storyline, while others even have reversible covers.

I also think it's fun to check out the people who bring those covers to life. A famous illustrator for the cover design of Percy Jackson series is John Rocco.  Then there are photographers who do amazing work such as Aurora Crowley who did the photography for SHATTER ME by Taherah Mafi. Check out an interview here with Aurora.

I also have a Pinterest page here that shows all the covers that I really like.

I suppose it's because I'm a visual person that I love how books come out. Someday I'm sure ebooks will have their own cool additions brought to them. I can't wait to see what will come out of those in the future.

Check out my vlog on the books that I choose to highlight.

What are your favorite covers and why?


Meredith said...

Covers are getting more and more beautiful these days, especially for YA. Love the vlog!

LynNerdKelley said...

You're so right about so many elements that can enhance a cover and make it stand out. I'm so impressed with some the beautiful covers out there.

That's an excellent vlog! Thanks for sharing those covers with us and each one's unique aspects. Did you add your vlog to a Pinterest board? I'll have to check out your board. Sounds like a good one.

Christina Farley said...

Thanks guys!

LynNerdKelley- that's a great idea!

Golden Eagle said...

I love the cover and interior of Silver Phoenix, too. :)

One of my favorite covers is The Starry Rift edited by Jonathan Strahan with cover art by Stephan Martiniere. Anything with an SF/space feel attracts me.

Christina Farley said...

I haven't read or seen The Starry Rift. I'm going to have to check that out. Thanks!

Stina said...

This is why I prefer hard copy books over ebooks (though I still buy ebooks).

TerryLynnJohnson said...

I could talk about covers all day. One of my favourite covers was Men of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong - though it's hard to find the specific cover I'm talking about, I think it was the Canadian version. It grabbed me from across a crowded bookstore, and introduced me to one of my favourite authors. Though it's not the greatest book, the cover has a hot, tatooed male from his neck down, crouched like a wolf. there's something so carnal about it.
Love your vlogs!