All forms of design serve to communicate meaning in some way, but every genre has to be handled differently, case by case. And so, just like how packaging and product design live in different worlds than the Web, book cover design involves a unique challenge: summing up thousands of words in a single image.

Even in the face of a declining industry, literature and books, especially their digital counterparts, will always serve a purpose. We’ve written about this before and it continues to be true today. With this in mind, we bring you this list of 19 examples of beautiful book cover design. The best way to learn is by doing, but sometimes a fistful of inspiration is all that’s needed to get the gears moving.

Make Something 365:

 19 Beautiful book cover designs for your inspiration

 

The Existence of Typography in a Visual World:

 19 Beautiful book cover designs for your inspiration

 

Moby-Dick:

 19 Beautiful book cover designs for your inspiration

 

Polish Book Cover Contest Winner:

 19 Beautiful book cover designs for your inspiration

 

The Misanthrope:

 19 Beautiful book cover designs for your inspiration

 

Winner of The Wizard of Oz Re-Covered Books Contest:

 19 Beautiful book cover designs for your inspiration

 

Letraset:

 19 Beautiful book cover designs for your inspiration

I want to be a mechanic:

 19 Beautiful book cover designs for your inspiration

 

Rezi van Lankveld:

 19 Beautiful book cover designs for your inspiration

 

The Flame Alphabet:

 19 Beautiful book cover designs for your inspiration

 

Gaîté Lyrique:

 19 Beautiful book cover designs for your inspiration

 

 

The Way Through Doors:

 19 Beautiful book cover designs for your inspiration

 

Flappers and Philosophers:

 19 Beautiful book cover designs for your inspiration

 

Man Alone with Himself:

 19 Beautiful book cover designs for your inspiration

 

Milk:

 19 Beautiful book cover designs for your inspiration

Adland:

 19 Beautiful book cover designs for your inspiration

 

The Brief History of The Dead:

 19 Beautiful book cover designs for your inspiration

 

Lolita:

 19 Beautiful book cover designs for your inspiration

 

The New Atomic Age:

 19 Beautiful book cover designs for your inspiration

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