I know the anonymous sages have told us time and again that we should never judge a book by its cover.
And while there is a certain truth to this well-invoked adage, it is also true that that is how many people, myself included, buy their books.
It’s not, of course that we don’t value the words, thoughts and ideas inside; we do, it’s simply that in the sea of books that you come across in any sort of decent bookshop, and hallelujah there are still many of those, the quickest and easiest way to cull the literary herd down is to create a shortlist by the creativity or fun of the covers.
So covers matter, something that publishers know all too well.
If you’re Dag Wagstaff, however, of blog The Casual Optimist however, you take your fascination with the importance of book covers one delightfully clever, book-loving step further by collating a collection of book covers together that all feature books in some ways on them.
It’s a fascinating idea, beautifully executed with a range of gorgeous book covers that he terms “Books on book covers.”
If you love books, and by extension, book covers, it’s well-woth spending some time disappearing down this literary rabbit hole.