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The Best Books of 2012 & Their Colors

The Best Books of 2012 & Their Colors

Allegedly we're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but let's be honest, when you're browsing a bookstore (online or off) it's the good designs that catch your eye and draw you in for further investigation. And when it comes to catching people's attention, what better way than with a little bit of color.

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While there may not be one definitive "best of" list of books, there's still a lot of smart people out there that put out their own lists, so we decided to take a few of these and compile them into one colorful literary collection. Let's take a look at some of the best books from 2012 and the colors of their cover designs.


Alif_the_Unseen Aflame


Ghost At_Last

Beautiful_Ruins Bring_Up_the_Bodies


Building_Stories Capital


Carry_the_One Dearie


Detroit_City Dust_to_Dust


Brothers_Grimm House_of_Stone


Joseph_Anton Running_the_Rift


Seward SPACE


Casual_Vacancy Light_Between


Orchardist Fundamentals


Way_it_Works Yellow_Birds

If we're looking for trends, the vast majority of these covers utilize earth tones like browns, tans, blues, greens, and oranges. Such palettes are pleasing to the eye and viewed easily. They feel natural, friendly, and less intimidating for potential readers. So really, earth tones make a lot of sense in an industry where you have but a brief moment to catch someone's attention. Perhaps Hollywood poster designers could take a few cues from the publishing world on embracing color and give us a break from the drab posters of late. Or maybe that's just wishful thinking.

What were some of your favorite books this year?

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Great colors!
It would be interesting to compare a book's cover in the different countries where it is published. I almost always prefer the original covers compared to the (often ugly) ones chosen by French publishers!
Great colors.

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