Contents 1 History 2 Cover design 3 Contents 4 See also 5 Further reading 6 External links

History[edit] Ivory cover of the Codex Aureus of Lorsch, c. 810, Carolingian dynasty, Victoria and Albert Museum Before the early nineteenth century, books were hand-bound, in the case of luxury medieval manuscripts using materials such as gold, silver and jewels. For hundreds of years, book bindings had functioned as a protective device for the expensively printed or hand-made pages, and as a decorative tribute to their cultural authority. In the 1820s great changes began to occur in how a book might be covered, with the gradual introduction of techniques for mechanical book-binding. Cloth, and then paper, became the staple materials used when books became so cheap—thanks to the introduction of steam-powered presses and mechanically produced paper—that to have them hand-bound became disproportionate to the cost of the book itself. Not only were the new types of book-covers cheaper to produce, they were also printable, using multi-colour lithography, and later, half-tone illustration processes. Techniques borrowed from the nineteenth-century poster-artists gradually infiltrated the book industry, as did the professional practice of graphic design. The book cover became more than just a protection for the pages, taking on the function of advertising, and communicating information about the text inside.

Cover design[edit] Early 20th century leather book cover, with gold leaf ornamentation. The Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements at the turn of the twentieth century stimulated a modern renaissance in book cover design that soon began to infiltrate the growing mass book industry through the more progressive publishers in Europe, London and New York. Some of the first radically modern cover designs were produced in the Soviet Union during the 1920s by avant-gardists such as Alexander Rodchenko and El Lissitzky. Another highly influential early book cover designer was Aubrey Beardsley, thanks to his striking covers for the first four volumes of The Yellow Book (1894–5). In the post-war era, book covers have become vitally important as the book industry has become commercially competitive. Covers now give detailed hints about the style, genre and subject of the book, while many push design to its limit in the hope of attracting sales attention. This can differ from country to country because of other tastes of the markets. So translated books can also have different book-accessories such as toys belonging to children's books, for example Harry Potter. The era of internet sales has arguably not diminished the importance of the book cover, as it now continues its role in a two-dimensional digital form, helping to identify and promote books online. Wraparound covers are also common.

Contents[edit] Front cover contents may usually be: For novels, the novel title in large letters, author name, tagline and symbol of publisher (in corner) Back cover (also called 'lower cover') contents may usually be: For novels, a back cover text or teaser that gives a hint of the story in an attractive way. A picture of the writer. A summary

See also[edit] Bookbinding – the process of physically assembling a book Don't judge a book by its cover, a phrase derived from the perceived difference between the portrayal of a book on its cover or jacket, and the book's contents

Further reading[edit] Eighty Years of Book Cover Design, Joseph Connolly. London: Faber and Faber, 2009. ISBN 978-0-571-24000-5 (hardcover) and ISBN 978-0-571-24001-2 (paperback).

External links[edit] Wikimedia Commons has media related to Book covers. The Book Cover Archive *"Decorated Publishers Bindings-Grand Valley State University Archives and Special Collections". Archived from the original on 2013-01-06. -contains photographs of decorated publisher bindings from the 1870s to 1930 Historical book cover design gallery Pulp fiction cover gallery The Art of Penguin Science Fiction The history and cover art of science fiction published by Penguin Books from 1935 to the present day Thomas Bonn Collection of Publishers Interviews – more than 100 audio interviews with publishers, art directors, etc. on the topic of cover art v t e Book design General page layout and typography choices Fonts Front and back covers Buckram Leather Anthropodermic bibliopegy Treasure binding Endpapers Marbled Front matter Half title bastard title Frontispiece Title page Edition notice Dedication Epigraph Table of contents List of figures List of tables Foreword Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Prologue Printer's mark Body matter, which may include: Body text Chapters Parts Sections Tipped-in pages Back matter Afterword Conclusion Epilogue Outro Postscript Appendix/Addendum Glossary Bibliography Index Errata Colophon Postface Other elements Bookplate or ex-librīs Catchword Die cutting Fore-edge painting Pop-ups Thumb index v t e Books Production Authors Binding By date Decade Year Covers Jackets Design Editing Illustration Literature Printing History Incunabula Publishing By country Typesetting Consumption Awards Bestsellers Bibliography Bibliophilia Bibliotherapy Bookmarks Bookselling Blurbs Book towns Shops Censorship Clubs Collecting Digitizing Fairs Furniture Bookcases Bookends Libraries Legislation Lists Print culture Reading Literacy Reviews Other By country Brazil France Germany Italy Pakistan UK US Formats Audiobooks E-books Genres Children's Fictional History of books Historians Intellectual property ISBN Outline Terminology Types Category Commons Portal WikiProject Authority control GND: 4008602-1 Retrieved from "" Categories: Book designBookbindingHidden categories: Articles lacking sources from February 2011All articles lacking sourcesArticles to be expanded from April 2017All articles to be expandedArticles needing translation from German WikipediaWikipedia articles with GND identifiers

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