Everybody loves them because not only are they sturdier, but also because they can be so pretty to look at. I love to explore my hardcovers when I get them home. I love staring at the cover art, the typography, and feeling all of the textures. To me, that is the true definition of book porn. Cause at the end of the day, it’s not just about what’s written on the pages (though that is important), but it is also about the tactile experience. Holding, caressing, and yes, sniffing that new book you’re planning to read are all vital parts of falling in love with your hardcover. There are some books in which the design goes beyond the dust jacket cover art. Have you ever taken a moment to strip off that dust jacket to see what that precious hardcover book looks like in the buff? I ALWAYS do. Sometimes, I even find some surprises when my books are stripped down, thus increasing my book love. Those are the books that impress me, and keep me drooling, all while emptying my bank account (as I “make it rain” dolla bills on those books). Because of some ingenious book design, I wanted to create a feature on the blog to spotlight some books in whose design goes beyond the dust jacket. I wish to share my unadulterated book lust with you. I promise to be gentle.
Sit back, and enjoy the novel strip-tease…
This book is on my list of all-time favorites. It has a little something for everyone: magic, romance, action, suspense. The story itself is spectacularly written, and the imagery is so vivid and breathtaking. So naturally, the book design needed to match up to all the appeal of the story. Before we get down an dirty, let me show you 2 alternate covers that you may or may not be familiar with:
Now, I will share with you my pride and joy, one of my prized possessions: a SIGNED FIRST EDITION HARDCOVER of The Night Circus.
(The “Nekkid” is bare. No need for that photo. LOL)
You like what you see? Was that as good for you as it was for me?
Drop me a line and let me know your thoughts! Are there any books you own that look good stripped bare? I’d love to hear about it!
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