Wow, this was a great year for book covers

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Over at Stainless Steel Droppings, there's a fantastic survey of 2013 in book covers, showcasing just what a wealth of great art and design we saw over the past year.

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A lot of the artists on Carl V. Anderson's list are probably among your favorites already — you'd have to be living on a moonbase not to have noticed the art of Sparth, Stephan Martiniere, Daniel Dociu, Dan Dos Santos and John Picacio at this point. But I hadn't realized how many great covers lately have come from John Harris, who did the covers for John Scalzi's Human Division and Ben Bova's recent space exploitation books, plus Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice. Just check this out:

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Also, hadn't realized what a fan I am of Kinuko Y. Craft, who gave us this gem this year:

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The whole post is well worth checking out, if you love book cover art. [Stainless Steel Droppings]

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craigmichaelranapia
Craig Michael Ranapia

I love book covers, but that's just a subset of something that doesn't get enough love — because you're not supposed to notice it if it's done properly: Book production and design. I know the book-as-object as supposed to be dead in this post-trans-print age of the E-Book, but I'm the kind of weirdo who gets an almost physical kick out of good quality paper, an easily readable and well-laid out typeface and bindings that don't crack when you touch them.