09/02/16

The dust jacket (sometimes book jacket, dust wrapper or dust cover) of a book is the detachable outer cover, usually made of paper and printed with text and illustrations. This outer cover has folded flaps that hold it to the front and back book covers. Often the back panel or flaps are printed with biographical information about the author, a summary of the book from the publisher (known as a blurb), and/or critical praise from celebrities or authorities in the book’s subject area. In addition to its promotional role, the dust jacket protects the book covers from damage. However, since it is itself relatively fragile, and since dust jackets have practical, aesthetic, and sometimes financial value, the jacket may in turn be wrapped in another jacket, usually transparent, especially if the book is a library volume. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dust_jacket

Even though I won’t be creating a dust jacket as such now, it was a consideration at the beginning of the assignment. I’ve had a look at a few book covers that I like and have noticed a few things that I may need to include on my very own book cover.

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From looking at some of these examples I have seen that you should include a barcode somewhere on the book, It’s not necessarily to include the author’s name on the spine. Also the text down the spine must be going into the direction top to bottom instead of going bottom to top of the book, this is because that when the book is placed on a table with the front cover upwards, the title is correctly oriented left-to-right on the spine. It also may be wise to include the distributers information at the bottom of the back cover incase people have any enquiries. I love the Gone Girl cover as that it doesn’t have a blurb on the back which is very different to other books seeing as most books have blurbs on the back. Instead of a blurb they put a small list review points on the back to show many big companies and reviewers like the book.

This has been a good exercise and has told me to try and tell a little bit of the book in one picture to try and get the audience to pick up the book and read it. The type must fit the story and should look very professional and not all over the place… unless its aimed at an audience for maybe fifteen and below.

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