The Book Cover Archive gives users a place to view book covers spanning all genres. The site features both the cover and those behind the design. The homepage states that the purpose of the Book Cover Archive is to both categorize and appreciate book covers, many of which could be considered their own works of art. The homepage features a huge selection of book covers as well as a drop down search box. The search box gives the user the option of browsing by title, illustrator, designer, author, art director, publisher, genre, publication date, photographer and type face.Show more screenshots »
The Book Cover Archive is maintained by Eric Jacobsen of Whisky Van Gogh Go and Ben Pieratt of General Projects. The website was created to compile an extensive collection of book overs and categorize them for easier access. Users can check out book covers to better appreciate the effort and artistic talent that created them.
The Book Cover Archive focuses entirely on book covers, a unique concept in itself. Many websites offer users book catalogs or places to purchase books. Some, like Google Books, even offer free reading of some books. The Book Cover Archive instead gives users a place to find and appreciate the creative designs that make up book covers.
The Book Cover Archive website showcases its most important type of content right on the homepage: the colorful book covers it was created to appreciate. New users can see rows of diverse book cover designs. A small black and white bar at the top of the page allows the user to search using a number of criteria. Links at the top center also let users see random book covers or page through the homepage list. The bottom of the page provides the user with more information on the website and a list of book cover and designer resources.
Visitors can begin enjoying book covers as soon as they arrive on the Book Cover Archive homepage. There is no log in requirement to view or search for book covers. The service really does not require an account to fully enjoy. Users who are interested in the Book Cover Archive can scroll down the homepage to a red link that reads “Sign up here if you feel so inclined.” This link allows the user to add their email address to a mailing list to receive infrequent updates when new additions or changes are made to the Book Cover Archive.
Naturally it is hard to charge a fee when no account is required. Every visitor who stops by the Book Cover Archive can do so for free. There are no membership costs or subscription fees. Users can search as often as they like, whenever they like. All available resource links are also presented at the bottom of the homepage for all users to view and visit.
The Book Cover Archive is a great resource for book lovers. The website does not actually contain book content, but users can view covers and learn about them and those who created them. The website also contains a long list of resource that further detail the stories behind book covers and their designers.