I’m completely guilty of buying books just for their covers. I’m a devoted follower of Coralie Bickford-Smith (I own 14 editions and counting), and I’m working toward collecting and displaying these editions of Oliver Sacks. So, Recovering the Classics is right up my alley.
The site, which is part of The Creative Action Network, allows graphic designers to post designs for public domain books. Then consumers can buy prints or actual paperbacks with those covers. Each book is printed to order so the site doesn’t have to worry about losing money on unsold inventory. It’s pretty genius. Here are a few of my favorites:
Dracula by Bram Stoker | cover design by Steve St. Pierre
Moby Dick by Herman Melville | cover design by Fernando Horta
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad | cover design by Sophia Ahamed
For more book-inspired art check out Obvious State on Etsy.