Vintage Penguin Book Cover Posters

    Before the early nineteenth century, books were hand-bound, in the case of luxury medieval manuscripts using materials such as gold, silver and jewels. For hundreds of years, book bindings had functioned as a protective device for the expensively printed or hand-made pages, and as a decorative tribute to their cultural authority. In the 1820s great changes began to occur in how a book might be covered, with the gradual introduction of techniques for mechanical book-binding. Cloth, and then paper, became the staple materials used when books became so cheap—thanks to the introduction of steam-powered presses and mechanically produced paper—that to have them hand-bound became disproportionate to the cost of the book itself.

    Work within your genre. Reflect on who you are as a writer, and what genres your writing fits into. This will help you determine a theme around which to center your cover.

    In the post-war era, book covers have become vitally important as the book industry has become commercially competitive. Covers now give detailed hints about the style, genre and subject of the book, while many push design to its limit in the hope of attracting sales attention.

    Bring your words to life through visuals. Have a photo in mind for your cover? Simply upload it to your template and edit it as you see fit. Or, if you arent quite sure what you want for an image, scroll through free stock photos and find something attention-grabbing and suited to your work.

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