Judging a Book by its Cover: The Best Book Cover Designs of 2013

Typography, illustration, photograhy and graphic design can work together to tell a story and catch your eye. This year, some notable trends in book cover art direction include handwritten lettering and torn paper. Here’s the 3rd annual round-up of 50 of the best book cover designs to hit the shelves of Half Price Books in the past year, including some re-releases, reprinted literary classics and paperback releases, alongside brand new publications in 2013. Hope you enjoy this collection of eye candy.


If you’re interested, here are the lists from 2012 and 2011.

Which book cover of 2013 is your favorite?

Meredith is Associate Creative Director at Half Price Books Corporate.
You can follow her on Twitter at @msquare21.

Framed Art in Honor of a Famed Chef

This American pioneer of French cooking taught us that anyone can cook, to savor each flavor and butter makes every dish sing. Today, we celebrate what would be Julia Child’s 100th birthday! In honor of her centennial celebration, we created three art prints of her witty words that capture her delicious “joie de vie” in the kitchen. Julia will always remind us to have fun in the kitchen, enjoy every bite and always to have a “Bon appétit!”

Have you ever baked any of her famous french recipes?

– Stephanie

Behind the Scenes with Art Curator & HPB Alum

One of our employees from the early days of Half Price Books, Charles Dee Mitchell, just had his house featured in The Dallas Morning News.

In 1972 the Fort Worth native, a theater (writing and directing) graduate of SMU, returned to Dallas from a stint in New York City and made a spur-of-the-moment decision to apply for a job at a start-up called Half Price Books. Some years and many gold-plated stock options later, he decided to retire early to pursue his longtime sideline as an art curator and writer. Making his love of art central to his life required stretching out in new directions, including selling the warrenlike Hollywood Heights Tudor he had long called home.

Art curator, collector and retired Half Price Books employee, Charles Dee Mitchell, in his office.

Check out the full article and some pics of his fabulous, art-filled home!

Photo Source: Ben Torres

Judging a Book by its Cover: The Best of 2011

Bookstores are eye candy. Art is on every shelf, in every nook and cranny. “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” or so the saying goes. I beg to differ. I do it all the time. And I’d venture to say you do too. Mere moments – that’s all it takes for you to react to the colors, typography and imagery. Good design can make the difference between you picking up the book and passing it by.

Here’s my round-up of 50 of the best book cover designs to hit the shelves in the past year. Some are New York Times bestsellers while some are lesser known titles. But all in all – between the reprinted classics and modern lit released in 2011 – there’s a wealth of eye-catching book cover designs. 



Which is your fave? What book did you read this year because the cover caught your eye?

Meredith is Associate Creative Director at Half Price Books Corporate.
You can follow her on Twitter at @msquare21.

Amazing Book Spine Art

As Art Director, I do a fair amount of book-related internet browsing (surfing the internet at work– yeah!), and the other day I came across this incredible post from The Berry about Mike Stilkey’s Book Spine Art:





Isn’t that so cool? What do you think about Mike Stilkey’s work? Any other cool book-related art you’ve seen? 

— Jim