Appreciating paper book design shouldn’t have to come at the expense of e-books

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 2 Comments

How should you judge a book by its cover? And by its interior design, for that matter? That’s the question that Design Observer’s panel of judges has to consider in picking the winners of 50 Books / 50 Covers, an annual book design competition that has been held continuously for 92 years now. [...]

‘The New Design Fundamentals’: Free O’Reilly e-book (warning: bad design can kill)

By David Rothman
July 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

My wife of 24 years is about to get chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer, very possibly inoperable. So you can imagine how I felt when I read of a cancer patient who had died because of badly designed software. Giving her chemo, the nurses giving overlooked crucial information—because the [...]

Tips of the day for self-publishers: The 10 commandments of typography

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

One design-oriented set of tips that actually might be quite useful for self-publishers and independent publishing houses is the “10 Commandments of Typography” shared by Yardley, PA, logo and graphic design studio Designmantic. Their visual breakdown of Typography 101 (or in this [...]

Rotring meets the digital pen challenge?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 5, 2014 // 1 Comment

As a follow-up to my earlier TeleRead piece on why the premium pen manufacturers aren’t meeting the onscreen writing challenge, it’s good to report that at least one firm does seem to have stepped up to the plate: The German precision pen and drawing instrument manufacturer Rotring, [...]

If this can happen, then please, no more book covers. Ever.

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 13, 2014 // 4 Comments

We now have one more reason to look forward to the death of the book. It’ s to minimize the recurrence of atrocious cultural crimes like the recent sale at auction for £3,554,500 ($5,684,356) of a painting by British artist Glenn Brown that faithlessly copies a science fiction book cover [...]

Angela Liao's twenty pixels graphs the future of bookstores

By libertyc
July 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

For a comic take on one possible future for bookstores, have a look at this graphic from Angela Liao, graphic and Web designer and creator of the comic strip and graphic fun site twenty pixels (20px). Angela has more fun visual ideas to interest and inspire—check out her take on “The [...]

Weekend Roundup: Cover designs for books that don't exist, how to write the perfect post, and more

By Dan Eldridge
July 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

Cover designs for books that don’t exist (but should) io9 As part of his Masters of Branding study at the School of Visual Arts, Tyler Adam Smith is creating 100 covers for books that should be written, from goofy snarks at popular authors to imagined sequels to beloved books. * * * As [...]

Design Observer Announces the 50 Best Book Cover Designs of 2012

By libertyc
July 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

Design Observer, a highly-regarded graphic design website operated by The Design Observer Group, has just announced “the winners of the 2012 Fifty Books/Fifty Covers show, organized by Design Observer in association with AIGA and Designers & Books.” This competition, according to [...]

What does it mean to 'respect the reader' in today's digital age?

By libertyc
February 9, 2013 // 7 Comments

Two articles crossed my inbox the other day that approached the concept of ‘respect the reader’ from different angles. The first was a write-up about a now-controversial Kindle edition of the beloved Canadian classic, Anne of Green Gables, which has stock cover art that portrays Anne [...]

What is to become of the book cover in the age of the e-book?

By libertyc
May 30, 2012 // 3 Comments

Craig Mod, a writer and designer who was part of the original Flipboard app design team, has written a very interesting discussion of what book covers were originally meant to do, and what to do with “covers” in the age of the e-book. It’s a very long and thoughtful piece (with footnotes), [...]

Designers ponder the future of the e-book ‘cover’

By libertyc
April 22, 2012 // 0 Comments

You can’t judge an e-book by its cover, because it usually doesn’t have one—or at least one that you can see without having already bought the book, which renders being attracted to it on a shelf fairly moot. I’ve written a few pieces about that here already. But here’s an article with a [...]

“Ebook Specific Cover Design: #2 – Size and Resolution” by Piotr Kowalczyk

By libertyc
July 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

When you make a decision to publish your book only in digital format, you are also making essential change in how you approach cover design. You no longer have to deal with dots per inch in a high-quality print. The goal is not 9 x 6 inch, 300 dpi any more. It’s 1024 x 600 px, 118 ppi of a [...]

“Ebook Specific Cover Design: #1 – Context” by Piotr Kowalczyk

By libertyc
July 17, 2011 // 0 Comments

This is a first of a series of posts about opportunities which arise when you design a cover specifically for ebook. There are three approaches to covers: – ebook cover is a copy of a print edition, – one cover is designed for both print and digital edition, – a cover is designed [...]

Integrating footnotes and endnotes in digital texts

By Chris Walters
July 15, 2011 // 2 Comments

A New Kind of Book has posted a couple of examples of how ebooks might add supplemental content like footnotes without interrupting the reading flow. If you’ve experienced footnotes or endnotes on the average modern ebook (at least on the major retailers’ platforms), you’ve [...]

The next challenge for digital publishers: fine-tuning the illustrated ebook

By Chris Walters
July 12, 2011 // 2 Comments

Mike Shatzkin’s latest post looks at how designers and developers of illustrated ebooks for adults might want to take a somewhat modest approach to the format, eschewing multimedia bells and whistles for a classic fixed layout that lets the reader zoom in to view details: We have 500 years of [...]

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