A book cover is a protective covering used to bind together the pages of a book. Beyond the familiar distinction between hardcovers and paperbacks, there are further alternatives and additions, such as dust jackets, ring-binding, and out-dated forms such as the nineteenth-century "paper-boards" and the even more antiquated hand-binding.
Not only were the new types of book-covers cheaper to produce, they were also printable, using multi-colour lithography, and later, half-tone illustration processes. Techniques borrowed from the nineteenth-century poster-artists gradually infiltrated the book industry, as did the professional practice of graphic design. The book cover became more than just a protection for the pages, taking on the function of advertising, and communicating information about the text inside.
In the post-war era, book covers have become vitally important as the book industry has become commercially competitive. Covers now give detailed hints about the style, genre and subject of the book, while many push design to its limit in the hope of attracting sales attention. The era of Internet sales has arguably not diminished the importance of the book cover, as it now continues its role in a two-dimensional digital form, helping to identify and promote books online.Most modern published books will be available within the public library sector and it has become essential to cover the cover of paperback books with a self-adhesive cover most noticably the Rhino II cover which extends the life of the book.
[Translation of front cover text] Use of Vaccine Has Spread from Osaka to Edo (Tokyo) for the Benefit of Mankind.(Brief Article)
Nov 01, 2000; I wonder who in the world named Smallpox a God? It is no more than a demon that deviated from the path of mankind. There are...