Friday, June 1, 2012

We're on the verge of losing the utility of the saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover."

Hack the Cover — by Craig Mod


CARDON WEBB'S SERIES DESIGN FOR OLIVER SACKS  @craigmod
Why? 
Why the cover? To protect the innards.
Why a half-title? It's a hold-over from when there weren't covers.
Why cloth? Cloth is a damn fine material in which to wrap stuff you want to protect. 
There is a tremendous opportunity for book designers and software engineers to figure out what our digital book procession should be. There's clearly something lost when you're thrown into a text without context — but how should that context be delivered? What 'function' should a cover serve in the digital book space? And even: What is the cover?

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