Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Alternate Austens

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. 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 do purchase special editions of books and multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

In addition to the many copies I have of Pride and Prejudice, I have all sorts of little books inspired by it.  I’m showcasing most of them in this post.

Darcy Swipes Left by Courtney Carbone, 2016 Penguin, cover design by Elizabeth Tardiff, Apple emojis, ISBN: 9781101940525

Jane Austen Handbook by Margaret C. Sullivan, 2007 Quirk, illustrations by Kathryn Rathke, ISBN: 9781594745058

Mr. Darcy’s Night Before Christmas by Julie Peterson, 2015 Gibbs Smith, illustrations by Sheryl Dickert, ISBN: 9781423637974

Cozy Classics with art by Jack and Holman Wang, 2016, Chronicle Books, ISBN: 9781452152448

The Jane Austen Companion to Life, 2010 Sourcebooks, illustrations by Charles Edmund Brock, ISBN: 9781402240157

BabyLit Storybook by Stephanie Clarkson, 2017 BabyLit/Gibbs Smith, illustrations by Annabel Tempest, 2017, ISBN: 9781423647839

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