I enjoyed this short article because it provides insight into book cover creation from the book designer’s perspective. Before and after choices with text are presented in a slideshow. NYTimes writer John Williams says this is the first in a four part series.
While an effective cover may greatly enhance a book and whet our appetite to read more, a nondescript one may cause us to disregard the material. Quite a daunting task to convey the essence of a book and capture our imagination in a few seconds!
Link to another article on favorite book covers of 2012. See this link to the Book Cover Archive for a collection of thought-provoking choices.