This is my weekly post where I choose to appreciate a book for its cover art or overall design – to me, a well designed book is like a piece of art. We all judge book covers to some extent. Personally, it’s usually a title/cover combination that pulls me in when I’m browsing in a bookstore. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers (looking at you, Penguin!) wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!
All the Hobbitses! Just showing off some of my more modern editions of The Hobbit. I don’t have any of the publishing info because most of my books are currently packed away (we’re moving!) and I’m too lazy to Google these (sorry!). The edition on the top is possibly a UK version, as I needed to get it on Book Depository, since I couldn’t find it on Amazon. The bottom edition with the orange spine was the first copy I bought myself and probably still my favorite since I’ve read that edition so many times. All three books at least have little illustrated accents, if not full-page pictures.