f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n: Book Cover as Advertisement

f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Book Cover as Advertisement

Your book cover is an advertisement for the book inside. That's true. Rarely, though, do you see designers actually take that notion totally to heart. Until now.

Some Fun by Antonya Nelson.

What's the saying: "If you got it, flaunt it." The credentials are obviously impeccable and I'm impressed. I end up torn on the cover, though. Part of me thinks it makes perfect sense. Still it some how seems...too callous? Too showy? Too something. Maybe it's just that there are so many awards. Three squares would've been enough. (I wonder what the author thinks.)

NYTimes Book Covers posted this at their site and had a similarly put-off reaction.

What do you think. Does it cross the line into advertisement for you? Would you tout your awards this way?