â€œDon’t judge a book by its cover.â€ It is one of the most common cliches in existence. And yet, during my trip to the UK this summer, I found myself doing just that. Books that I had already seen in the U.S. (or in some cases, already owned) looked so much more appealing with the covers that were designed for the UK. This made me ask several questions:
- Why were different covers designed for the UK and the U.S., particularly given that the text itself was almost always identical?
- What was it about the UK design sensibility that I liked?
- Was I alone in my preference?
- And, of course most importantly, how many books could I reasonably bring back in my suitcase? Continue reading Judging Books By Their Covers: US versus UK