Best book covers of 2008

The Book Design Review blog's top book covers for 2008 are up. This is one of my favorite annual features -- and this year's includes some drop-dead gorgeous designs. I'm insanely jealous of Austin Grossman for getting that brilliant cover for his excellent book Soon I Will Be Invincible. I've mentioned Jordan Crane's wonderful cover for Chabon's Maps and Legends and the new edition of Harry Harrison's Make Room, Make Room, but why did no one tell me about the beauty that is the cover for Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me

My Favorite Book Covers of 2008 (via Kottke)



  1. I love the design on Maps & Legends. Each color is layered over each other, so you can take it apart and explore each scene and notice all of the great little touches and nuances. I really enjoy the style too, it inspired me to start sketching again in that great, 2d micro detail style.

  2. The cover of “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” is pretty good. Also easy for people to stock the shelves with it.

  3. i keep a copy of “sharp teeth” (mentioned on the list) by my bedside if only because i love looking at it.

  4. That must be the UK cover of Soon I Will Be Invincible. That’s a great visualization of BlackWolf.

  5. I SWEAR I saw the Harrison cover someplace a while ago (like, over a year) – or it was on another Ehrlichian dystopic book. Ah, the power of deja vu.

  6. I finally started reading Someday I Will Be Invincible last night and its really good. Its funny and earnest at the same time, which are two things I wouldn’t have expected from a story in the superhero genre. I really hope Austin Grossman will stick around on BoingBoing. That way I can tell my mom the hours of blog browsing I do every day is in the company of acclaimed authors! And all the NYTimes lists of notables that Cory keeps winding up on really help the cause. Thank you!

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