Showcase of Old & New Creative Book Cover Designs for Inspiration

Do you know the expression “Don’t judge a book by its cover?”. I have to admit that when I’m looking to buy a book, the first thing that catches my eye is the cover. If the cover has an interesting design, I pick up the book, I look at the title and the author and afterwords I read the brief on the back.

Really now, if most people didn’t judge a book by its cover, then a lot of graphic designers would be out of job. We all know that book covers are difficult to design and nice to look at. For a book cover to be effective, it needs to catch the viewer’s eye and get him interested – the cover is like the ambassador of the book so the designer has the hard task of conveying the idea of the book into one single page.

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I know that there must be thousands of great book covers in this world, from all around the world writers, but today I put together a list of some old and a few new books with an interesting and creative cover design which some of you may find inspiring. If you know any other creative book cover designs please share them with us in the comments.


The Story of God by Michael Lodahl

Fragmento by Warren Fahy

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

The Busconductor Hines by James Kelman

White Noise by Don DeLillo

Riddles in Mathematics by Eugene P. Northrop

Celluloid by Dave McKean

Il Curioso dei Numeri by Andrew Hodges

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Anna Blundy Series

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

A Choice of Gods by Clifford D. Simak

Therese Raquin by Emile Zola

The Baseball Codes by Jason Turbow with Michael Duca

Ping Pong: A Play in Two Parts by Arthur Adamov

Child of God by Cormac McCarthy

Moral Relativism by Steven Lukes

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Across the River and Into the Trees by Ernest Hemingway

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

This Will Kill You by HP Newquist and Rich Maloof

Milk by Anne Mendelson

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

On Fishing by Brian Clarke

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

The Angry Island by A.A.Gill

Rant by Chuck Palahniuk

Oh The Glory Of It All by Sean Wilsey

The Assault on Jerusalem by Steven Runciman

Utopia by Thomas More


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