the book cover archive

edited January 2009 in conversations
from the wonderful ben peiratt, who you may remember from such tv shows as and, etc

the book cover archive

We're proud to announce that the new Book Cover Archive is now live and fully operational.

• 800+ books and 180+ designers
• Cross-indexed meta data
• Custom comments system
• Fully browseable master list of all content
• Smart URLs
• Smart keyword searches

The real strength of the site lays in the cross-indexed meta data. Click on an author's name and see any other books they have in the archive. Click on a designers name and see all work by that designer. More often than not, a single person will have multiple instances of meta data associated with their name. For instance, Chip Kidd (unsurprisingly) has the unique honor of being the only person in the archive with every possible attribution filled: Author, Designer, Art Director, Photographer, and Illustrator.

Speaking of which, we have made a significant effort to try and track down as many Photographer, Illustrator and Art Director credits as possible. We are undoubtedly missing a good number of them, however, so do us a favor and use the email link on each cover's page to let us know when we've come up short.

A couple other favorite entries:
• Publisher: The Penguin Great Ideas series
• Genre: Science Fiction
• Designer: Paul Sahre
• Photographer: Jason Fulford

We're invested in this thing for the long haul, so check back often for a steady stream of improvements and additions. We look forward to any feedback, suggestions or submissions you may have.


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