September 16, 2016 by biblionna
You should never judge a book by its cover, unless of course the cover is beautiful. Then you should definitely pick that book up and see what amazing content is inside. One of the perks of my job is that I get to see so many new books, and when a cover makes me pause, you know it’s a good one.
To kick off this series, I want to highlight The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Explanation of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time. This book is an in depth explanation of…books. Specifically how they’re made, and how they evolved from handwritten papyrus scrolls to the bound codices we know today. It is a fascinating history of an object that seems so obvious and mundane, but modern books are actually the result of thousands of years of technological innovation.
So the content itself is great, but what is really striking is the cover. There is no dust jacket, and the cover is unfinished, meaning all you see is the hard, pressed paperboard and the cloth covering the spine. Every element of the cover is cheekily labeled. The labeling continues throughout the book, with every new graphic element pointed out. I love the meta quality of it. The paper is thick and high-quality, which is good because there are plenty of illustrations. This is one hardcover book that just wouldn’t be the same in paperback, so I was happy to spend the $30.
Are there any beautiful books you’ve come across recently? Let me know so I can check them out!