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Fun With Book Covers, Courtesy of Chip Kidd and TED

I’ve been sick all week–like really sick. The doc says the first virus weakened my defenses enough to let in a second virus. I’m starting to recover, but not enough to focus on writing one of my usual dark, deep diatribes about writing.

So this week, a stand in of sorts. A friend sent me this link. Super book cover designer Chip Kidd talks about his craft and career on TED. It’s funny and very informative for those of you who have books in the publishing cycle. A bad cover can kill a good book. A great cover can mean sales and success.

See you next Saturday.


About Joe Ponepinto

Co-publisher, with Kelly Davio, of Tahoma Literary Review. Author of "Curtain Calls," a featured Kirkus Review. Married to Dona. Dad to Henry, the coffee-drinkin' dog.


12 thoughts on “Fun With Book Covers, Courtesy of Chip Kidd and TED

  1. Thanks for the link!

    Posted by Marc Schuster | April 14, 2012, 4:34 PM
  2. That was fabulous, thank you for posting it. Hope you feel better.

    Posted by Averil Dean | April 14, 2012, 5:16 PM
  3. A totally worthwhile twenty minutes. And now I’ve decided on my book cover.

    Posted by jonzech | April 14, 2012, 8:53 PM
  4. My god, I could watch him for hours. Him and his monocle-glasses and his jacket that’s as good as the Murakami one. Fascinating stuff– inspires me to take more time choosing art for my posts. Thanks and hope you feel better.

    Posted by girl in the hat | April 15, 2012, 7:20 PM
  5. Aahh, art! Very cool. I hope you feel better.

    Posted by Claire Gebben | April 17, 2012, 2:12 AM
  6. Hope you don’t mind I took this topic and ran with it. With a nod to you of course. http://thegirlinthehat.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/what-a-story-looks-like/

    Posted by girl in the hat | May 17, 2012, 5:06 PM
  7. Interesting presentation. Funny he should mention” My Name is Red,” a fabulous book by Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk. Never thought about who designed book covers, though I appreciated them. Now, I know better.

    Posted by nadiaibrashi | June 29, 2012, 6:21 AM
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