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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Judging Book Covers

posted by on September 25 at 12:00 PM


Penguin had a contest to design the cover of a new novel, Sam Taylor’s The Island at the End of the World. Here’s the synopsis:

A chilling novel about the near future, where most of the world has been destroyed by catastrophic floods. As a father and his three children begin to rebuild their lives alone on an island, his youngest son Finn begins to question how they arrived there and why they alone have been spared. Finn’s search for understanding takes an unexpected turn when a strange man named Will swims ashore, and he appears to know quite a bit about this family and the circumstances that surrounded the floods. But Finn’s father is determined to keep him silent and is willing to do anything to prevent Will from disturbing his family’s idyllic life on the island. Sam Taylor’s The Island at the End of the World is a riveting post-apocalyptic tale that explores the darkness that lies within the hearts of men.

300 people entered the contest and the 25 finalists are here for your perusal. It’s kind of a time-suck, and an interesting look at what book covers can say about a book.

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Lost + The Road = this novel.

Posted by trufe | September 25, 2008 12:05 PM

Sounds like someone tried to do a creepy, semi-incestuous version of The Village...

Posted by dafydd | September 25, 2008 12:26 PM

Wow, I loved a lot of those designs. Good to see people still care about good jacket design.

Posted by Dougsf | September 25, 2008 12:52 PM

Some of those designers obviously did not tailor their designs to the subject matter involved... and some of them looked like throwbacks to book designs from decades ago. blech.

That being said, for concept, I really like the "half-submerged skull as island" concept, but unfortunately the designers typography has serious readability issues.

Posted by UNPAID BLOGGER | September 25, 2008 1:26 PM

Paul, you should totally do a cover-art contest for some book.

Posted by Greg | September 25, 2008 2:15 PM

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