Bud posted about Penguin publishing blank covered books so that the reader can create their own cover. Of course, they’re doing this in the UK. No word on if this will be happening here in the US. Check out the cool My Penguin gallery website.
In my opinion, book covers can make or break a book. Often, publishers will retool a cover between hardcover and paperback release if the sale weren’t great. And you might have noticed the trends in book covers. Why do business books always have ugly covers? Why do I need a book with a picture of Jack Welch on it? The same can be said for chick lit (I’m not bringing up the pro or cons here, just the covers)? The pastel martini glass/high-heeled shoe design is so overdone. I wonder what sort of covers we could come up with?
Addendum: Speaking of cool looking books, check out these redesigned Penguin Classics, up for auction on Abebooks. (thanks Condalmo!) I heart that Crime and Punishment.