Recovering Literature: Bold Classic Book Cover Redesigns
Article by Urbanist, filed under Products & Packaging in the Design category.

classic power of books

It takes a powerful book to survive decades or even centuries and stay prominently in the public eye. This pair of classics are a rarity in that respect, but like any books, one thing does change over time: their covers.

classic book cover remodel

First, Fahrenheit 451, reintroduced by designer Elizabeth Perez. In her words, it is “a novel about a dystopian future where books are outlawed and firemen burn any house that contains them. The story is about suppressing ideas, and about how television destroys interest in reading literature.”

classic fahrenheit 451 redesign

And what would be more apt than a book cover and binding that reflects that horrific world? The one becomes a match, and the spine becomes a striking surface, powerfully reinforcing the core message of the novel.

classic penguin cover blacked

classic censorship cover concept

Then we have 1984,  part of a series of re-releases from Penguin designed by David Pearson - again, the message of censorship becomes boldly emblazoned right on the cover of the volume.

classic book smell perfume

But with physical books being, perhaps an endangered species, maybe you would like something new to swap into your collection but that also breaks traditional boundaries. Introducing: Paper Passion, a scent from Stiedl. It is a fragrance based on the smell of books – a powerful scent familiar with anyone who has revisited their childhood favorites.

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