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J. K. Rowling eBook Will Cost $19.99

Little, Brown and Company revealed the cover for The Casual Vacancy today, a 512-page novel for adults from J. K. Rowling.

The hardcover will cost $35, the large-print hardcover will cost $39.00 and the eBook will cost $19.99–what do you think? Publication is set for September 27, 2012.

Here’s more about the book: “When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.” (Via Book Riot)

John Green Reveals the Winner of the ‘An Abundance of Covers’ Contest

Author John Green revealed that seventeen-year-old Sarah Turbin had won his An Abundance of Covers contest. Readers were invited to submit their cover designs for the new paperback edition of Green’s 2006 Printz Honor title, An Abundance of Katherines.

Above, you can see Turbin’s simple design. Green said the cover “embraced the nerdiness of the book,” and he shared this piece of advice on book design: “I think it has to look good in print; it has to look good blown-up; it has to look good on a screen and it has to look good one-inch tall.”

During the BookExpo America event, Penguin Young Readers Group gave away 150 signed copies of the new paperback edition. Several fans also asked Turbin for her autograph.

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Paperback Boxed Set Design Revealed for 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Vintage and Anchor Books art director John Gall has revealed the design for the paperback edition of 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.

We’ve embedded a photograph above–what do you think?

The New York Times had more details: “Gall, the art director for Vintage, designed the paperbacks to be visible through a clear plastic box, fitting together to create one image. The list price is $29.95, and Vintage will initially print 50,000 copies.” (Image link via Sarah Weinman)

Book Cover of the Future?

What if your book cover could interact with your reader? Drag your mouse over the book cover embedded above to see what the future might look like.

UK Publisher Walker Books just unveiled that cover for Daylight Savings by Edward Hogan. Impressed by the design, literary agent Jonny Geller tweeted a great question: “Better than a book trailer?”

Here’s more about the book: “Today, in fact right this second, the clocks are going back an hour. For most of us, this is a fantastic day as it means we get an extra hour to stay wrapped under the duvet, safe in our beds. But for one of the main characters in Edward Hogan’s debut young adult novel, Daylight Saving, this time of year brings nothing but fear… it’s a thriller ghost story by a new voice in YA fiction that will have you utterly gripped. We can also tell you that this very night, when the clocks go back, is one that fills the characters with dread.” (via Jane L.)

Penguin Classics Covers Would Make Great Band-Aids

In breaking summer publishing news, editor and freelance writer Michelle Witte has proven that Penguin Classics covers would make great band-aids.

Last week Penguin Classics unveiled a super cool limited-edition set of skateboard decks featuring cover art from Penguin Classics’ titles. You can actually win one of the skateboard decks if you submit a picture of a Penguin Classic and a skateboard. Follow this link for more information about the contest.

Inspired by the contest, Witte designed a set of band-aids with some hilarious choices of classic titles on the front. Here’s more from the post: “Skateboards are boring. But bandaids with Penguin Classic covers? Yes, please! So to make a pitch to the people at Penguin Classics, I offer my suggestions for extremely awesome bandaids featuring some of the great Classics book covers.”

The Walking Dead: The Rise of The Governor Cover Revealed

The cover for Robert Kirkman‘s first novel set in the world of The Walking Dead comic book series has been unveiled. Entitled The Walking Dead: The Rise of The Governor, the book debuts at the end of September.

Last year Kirkman landed a series book deal with the Thomas Dunne Books imprint at St. Martin’s Press. The first book in the series will be co-written Jay Bonansinga.

Above, we’ve embedded the cover for the new novel. SPOILER ALERT: The description of the book below reveals a few broad plot details from the comic book series.

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Max Barry Asks Reddit To Vote On His Book Cover

Author and Reddit user Max Barry convinced his publisher to let the Reddit community help pick the cover for his book, Machine Man. As of this writing, cover design #5 lead with nearly 80 votes.

Check it out: “Here are some images. I would deeply love to hear what you think, because getting the cover right is really important, and I’ve been staring at designs so long I can’t remember what books are supposed to look like. And I trust your judgment. Or, at least, I’ve been around Reddit long enough to know there are more smart people here than lunatics.”

Follow this link to see all the potential cover images on a single page. Leave your cover votes in the comments thread at this link. You can also sample the book in this online serial version.

How To Make a Book Cover Optical Illusion

In the three-minute video embedded above, you can learn how to build an optical illusion for your book cover or book poster.

Cover designer Lauren Panepinto explained the process in this blog post as well. The project requires some editing tools, but produces surreal and beautiful results.

Here’s more about the project: “So what you don’t know is that the initial design was even crazier. I wanted to hide the cover text IN the optical illusions. Slight legibility problem, I admit, for a teeny book cover…but FABULOUS for a poster. And since I know you guys love these how-to videos, I screen-captured my process so you too can make your own Editable-Text Optical Illusion Poster…and melt the retinas of all your friends. After the jump you can even download the Illustrator file I used, and add your own text.”

Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 Cover Revealed By Chip Kidd

Designer Chip Kidd has made covers for Haruki Murakami for years, and he unveiled his latest cover for 1Q84 (embedded above) at the  Knopf Doubleday site.

His essay reveals more about the plot of this massive novel.

Here’s more from Kidd: “By using a semi-transparent vellum for the jacket, and printing the woman’s image in a positive/negative scheme with the title on the outside layer and the rest of her on the binding, once the jacket is wrapped around the book it ‘completes’ the picture of her face. But something odd is definitely going on, and before the reader even reads a word, he or she is forced to consider the idea of someone going from one plane of existence to another.”

Rodrigo Corral Named Creative Director at Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Graphic designer Rodrigo Corral (pictured, via) has been named creative director at Macmillan’s Farrar, Straus and Giroux (FSG). According to Unbeige, Corral actually worked at FSG from 1996 to 2000 following his graduation from the School of Visual Arts.

Here’s more from Unbeige: “He begins in his new post early next month and will continue to run Rodrigo Corral Design, the nine-year-old studio behind such memorable book covers as those for James Frey‘s A Million Little Pieces, a shelf of Chuck Palahniuk novelsDebbie Millman‘s smashing How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer, and Jay-Z‘s recent memoir-cum-lyrical codexDecoded.”

Rodrigo’s work has appeared in New York Magazine, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Book Review. His art has also been seen on books published by Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group (USA), and W.W. Norton.

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