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Just for fun: Book covers in the news

Just for fun, take a break from government information and think about book covers today!

The UK Telegraph has an article about book covers (What’s behind the cover (and we don’t mean the book) (August 18, 2007)

This month Seven Hundred Penguins, a collection of paperback covers from the publisher’s birth in 1935 up to the millennium, is published. It’s a sort of Heat magazine for bibliophiles, an opportunity to gawp at what our favourite books were wearing in 1945, 1987 or 1992, as well as a chance to look at some oddities, some fleeting one-hit wonders, some "do you remember whens?"

And the August 19, 2007 edition of the New York Times Book Review has a tribute to Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (Viking has just published a new edition, ON THE ROAD: The Original Scroll By Jack Kerouac. Edited by Howard Cunnell) that features Foreign editions of "On the Road" (link is to a web slide show of the same which in turn is based on Jack Kerouac Book Covers).

And, of course, you can always browse the Gov Docs Best Titles Ever to see if those covers help the "book’s physical form to convey something more than mere ‘information’" (as the historian Alan Powers said in his book Front Cover).


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