Monday, 21 July 2008

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In my last post I sneered at the typography of Wildside Press's print-on-demand book covers. This is why:



Why anyone would pay 3 times the price of an Oxford World's Classic or Penguin Classic for an oddly sized, non-proofread print-on-demand version of a widely available book, nastily typeset from Project Gutenberg e-texts, is beyond me, but presumably there's some market for these things, because they keep pumping them out.

6 comments:

Rob said...

Those really are pretty foul. They remind me of the covers of the pulp books you used to be able to find in The Works... and only in The Works.

JRSM said...

I know not of this The Works place, but from the sound of it I'm not missing much.

Lee said...

Do you ever give advice to PODlers?

JRSM said...

Hi, Lee: I'm more than happy to give advice, with he proviso that I may not really know what I'm on about. But as a fan of penelope Fitzgerald, you must have a great deal of taste and distinction of your own!

Lee said...

Thanks, jrsm. Please go over to the Mortal Ghost site and take a look. The cover was designed by a professional Australian artist, and it's seemingly both loved and hated.

At some point in the near future I'll begin serialising my new novel, Corvus, and will be interested in frank feedback again - before printing, this time!

Lee said...

Hi again, and thanks for your comment. (If you prefer, you're welcome to delete this and/or send me an email address so I can ask your advice in future.) Photoshopping can be a problem, I agree.

Here's the link to the artist L.M.Noonan's blog:
http://lmnoonan.blogspot.com/