Might I be lazy for a post and direct you to several things I found today on the brilliant World Wide Web? All of these items are courtesy of The Penguin Blog maintained by the kind folks at Penguin UK.
First. A site of book covers. Penguin book covers to be exact. I believe my favorite to be this cover of Jane Eyre:
1,024 more beautiful covers can be found at: http://bookcoverarchive.com/?startrow=0
Second. A wonderful article on design and reading called "In Defense of Readers" by Mandy Brown. Copyright issues probably prevent me from re-posting the entire article here (not to mention the length of the article would dwarf all of my posts), so I shall only include an excerpt.
"The best readers are obstinate. They possess a nearly inexhaustible persistence that drives them to read, regardless of the circumstances they find themselves in. I’ve seen a reader absorbed in Don Quixote while seated at a noisy bar; I’ve witnessed the quintessential New York reader walk the streets with a book in hand; of late I’ve seen many a reader devour books on their iPhone (including one who confessed to reading the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy while scrolling with his thumb). And millions of us read newspapers, magazines, and blogs on our screens every day—claims that no one reads anymore notwithstanding."
There is a bit about the difference between looking at something and reading something. Very interesting.
(my thanks to Mandy Brown, wherever you are)
To read the rest of this article, please visit: http://alistapart.com/articles/indefenseofreaders
It's really very good.
Two more covers to appreciate:
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