While Waiting For Your Suggestions on How to Feature Non-Fiction
I thought I’d open up a related discussion: what makes for a great cover on a non-fiction book? For fiction, we’ve seen fashions come and go. In YA fiction, for example, the standard from the 1970s to the end of the 1980s was "realism." Did you catch this article, www.printmag.com/design_articles/cover_girls/tabid/330/Default.aspx on the packaging of certain kinds of YA fiction? But what about nonfiction? Off hand I suspect there has been less change, less experimentation. Basically, in the younger ages you have the Seymour Simon look, www.seymoursimon.com/ A large, clear color photo showing the animal, or heavenly body, or exploding volcano that is the subject of the book. The more money the publisher puts into the book, the more spectacular the cover image. As the books get older, type takes over, until in the books like An American Plague www.amazon.com/American-Plague-Terrifying-Epidemic-Newbery/dp/0395776082 it is all type (and those nice award medallions if you win them).
But is this spectrum from single image to all type necessary? What could we be doing in our nonfiction covers to make for better displays, to catch the eyes of kids in the library? What could nonfiction seem cool to kids, not dorky, not "school-like" but fun?
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