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YA book cover trends:

From Stacked:
Cover Trends & The Female Body, April 11, 2012
2013 Cover Trends: Part One, November 27, 2012
2013 Cover Trends: Part Two, December 6, 2012
2013 Cover Trends: Part Three, December 11, 2012

2013 YA Cover Trends: Part Two [Red Hair, Symmetry, Big Fonts, Perched on the Edge] at Writer of Wrongs, April 15, 2013
Cover Trend: Characters Come Undone at RT Book Reviews, April 15, 2013
YA Book Cover Trends #1 Don’t We All Just Love Water at A Book so Fathomless, February 12, 2013
Book Cover Trends that Should Die Before 2013 at BookRiot, December 31, 2012
Book Cover Trend: Gates in Middle Grade Fiction at Read in a Single Sitting, September 2012
Young Adult Fiction’s Hottest New Trend: Mermaids? at io9, August 21, 2012
Book Cover Clones: Why Do So Many Recent Novels Look Alike? [mostly adult books] by Ashley Fetters in The Atlantic, July 16, 2012
Trends in Young Adult Book Covers [2010-2012] at Writings & Readings by Jillian Audrey, May 31, 2012
Uncovering YA Covers: 2011Kate Hart, May 16, 2012 [YEARLONG ANALYSIS]
Twilight and Young Adult Cover Trends at Adventures with Book Design, April 20, 2012
Cover Spam! YA Trends – Part 1 [Wings, Dress, Upside Down & Sideways, Of Sea & Sky] at Giraffe Days, March 28, 2012
Anybody Notice Something About the Newbery & Other ALA Award-Winning Covers? at Writer on the Side, January 25, 2012
Top Five Worst Cover Trends of 2011 [Smugglivus 2011 Guest Bloggers: Forever Young Adult] at The Book Smugglers, December 14, 2011
This is What YA Sci-Fi Looks Like by Malinda Lo, November 30, 2011
Cover Trends in YA Fiction: Why the Obsession with an Elegant Death? at Trac Changes, October 26, 2011
Fall 2011 Young Adult Fantasy Covers at The Enchanted Inkpot, September 4, 2011
YA Cover Trends [Torsos, Close-up Mouths, Almost Kiss, Holding Hands, Silhouettes, Underwater, Sad Girls in Pretty Dresses, Crotch Shots, Illustrated/Arty, Defying Gravity] by Sommer Leigh, August 5, 2011
Young Adult Book Cover Analysis by Kathleen C. O’Connell [2010 Thesis]
Judging a Book by Its Cover: Publishing Trends in Young Adult Literature in The Lion and the Unicorn, September 2005

“Whitewashing”
YA Literature: The Inside and Cover Story by Regina Sierra Carter at The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults, April 18, 2013
It Matters If You’re Black or White: The Racism of YA Book Covers by Annie Schutte at The Hub, December 10, 2012
Why The Pretty White Girl YA Book Cover Trend Needs To End at Racialicious.com, June 6, 2012
Bloomsbury Will Change Book Jacket to Reflect Race of Novel’s Narrator by Dave Itzkoff – New York Times – August 11, 2009
Justine Larbalestier’s Cover Girl by Karen Springen – Publisher’s Weekly, July 23, 2009

“Cover Love”
From That Cover Girl

Videos about book cover design:

Chip Kidd Ted Talk: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is.
Abby Kuperstock, Designer, Dutton Children’s Books on YouTube
Cover Story-John Gall on YouTube
Cover Story-Lane Smith & Molly Leach on YouTube
Cover Story-Tom Hallman on YouTube
The Making of a Book Cover on YouTube

Same title, many countries:

Choose Your Flavor – Gayle Forman’s Blog – March 9, 2010 (If I Stay)
U.S. or U.K.: Why Book Covers are Not the Same by Rachel Seigel at Pub(lishing) Crawl, May 30, 2012

Articles relating to book cover design:

14 Beautifully Animated YA Book Covers – Epic Reads – August 13, 2013
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Designing a Book Jacket…by Sonya Chung – The Millions – July 9, 2009
Autobiography of a Cover by Judith Rosen – Publisher’s Weekly – June 21, 2010
The Big Cover-Up: A Writer’s Role in Book Jacket Design by Timothy Schaffert – Poets&Writers: From Inspiration to Publication.
“Books By The Cover” Book Review: Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by Farley Katz – The New Yorker
Caption That Cover: Nosehair Edition – Smart Bitches Trash Books – July 21, 2010
Chip Kidd
by Michele Orecklin – Time.com – November 29, 2005
Choosing Cover Art Colors
by Kimberly Dawn Wells – Suite101.com. May 3, 2006
Cover Art, Consumerism, and YA Reading Choices
by Cosette Kies – Eric Document
Cover Girls by Rebecca Bengal – Print Magazine – 2008
Cursive on the Cover Spells Romance
– Publishing Trends. February 2007
Design: Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover, Particularly in France by Tom Lamont – The Observer. May 9, 2010
The Great Cover-Up: Do Kids Judge Books by Their Cover?
by Leigh Ann Jones – School Library Journal. June 2007
Jordan Crane’s Amazing Cover for Michael Chabon’s Maps and Legends by Cory Doctorow – BoingBoing – April 12, 2008
Judging Books by Their Covers
: A Cover Art Experiment by Edward T. Sullivan – Voice of Youth Advocates August 1998
Kill Your Darlings by Peter Terzian – Print – October 2008
Little, Brown’s After the Fire Jacket, Before and After
by Lynn Andriani – Publishers Weekly 6/17/08
My Favorite Covers by Chip Kidd – Newsweek
Off With Their Heads! by Nara Schoenberg – Chicago Tribune – March 12, 2008
One Leg Leads to Another
. Print Magazine.
Operation Facelift: Cover Makeovers can be the Fountain of Youth for Many Titles – School Library Journal – September 1, 2009
The Painted Book by Peter Terzian – Print Magazine -
Peter Medelsund: An Interview With the Designer by Christopher Tobias – Design:related – January 30, 2008
Publishers: Want to Improve Sales? by Elizabeth Bluemle at PW Shelftalker, October 26, 2011
Six Writers Tell All About Covers and Blurbs by Matthew Gallaway at The Awl, April 4, 2011
They’ve Got it Covered
by Tom Dyckhoff – The Guardian, September 15, 2001
Wintergirls – US v Australian v sneak peek UK Cover – Inkcrush – July 12, 2010
You Can Tell a Book by its Cover by Helen Rumbelow – The Times December 17, 2005

Blog posts about book cover design:

2013
The Story of a Cover Girl: 80 Top Designers and Illustrators Reimagine Nabokov’s Lolita by Maria Popova. Brain Pickings – August 9, 2013

2010
Another Post on Book Covers – A True Reality – March 1, 201o
Aren’t You a Fan?
– Stacked – March 10, 201o
Beautiful Covers for Beautiful Readers?
– The Book Show Blog – July 5, 2010
Behind the Design at That Cover Girl – ongoing
Bodies, Book Covers, and Novels About Large Women – Sociological Images – March 5, 2010
Bodies on Covers, Yet Again
– Stacked – March 7, 2010
Book Cover Conversations Are So Very Cliched – Mark Charan Newton – February 24, 2010
Book Cover Design – Using the Same Photo
– C. J. Darlington – May 21, 2010
Celebrity Cover Lookalikes
- Bookworm Readers – December 31, 2010
Common Book Cover Design Mistakes: Part 1 – Design 1106 – May 11, 2010
Cover-Catch (7)
, Cover-Catch (6), Cover-Catch (5) – The Bookologist
Cover-Catch (4)
, Cover Catch (3), Cover-Catch (2), Cover-Catch (1) – The Bookologist
Cover Change
– Stacked – February 19, 2010
Cover Controversy: Paper Bag Dragons
– 100Scope Notes – January 13, 2010
Cover Judge
– Chick Lit Teens
The Cover Story and the Real Story – Oz and Ends – June 19, 2010
Cover Talk: Black, White, Red — The Compulsive Reader — October 17, 2010
Covers That go Bump in the Night – Get to the POINT – June 4, 2010
Do Authors Choose Their Covers? by Therese Walsh at Writer unBoxed - April 27, 2010
Double Take, Part XXII
– Stacked – February 23, 2010
Double Take, Part XXIII
– Stacked – March 3, 2010
Faces and YA Book Covers: A Proposal
– Mitali’s Fire Escape – February 2, 2010
Going to the Dogs
– EarlyWord – September 27, 2010
The Hows and Whys of Cover Design
– Macmillan Children’s – January 12, 2010
I Don’t Want to be This Person… – Bookshop – July 1, 2010
In a Sea of Sameness, Quality Book Design More Important than Ever – Design 1106 – May 14, 2010
Jacket Savvy – Sommer Leigh
Judging Books by Their Covers: U.S. vs. U.K. – MM: The Millions – March 3, 2010
Lookalikes 121, Lookalikes 82 – Pop Culture Junkie
Loving Fiction to the Soles of My Feet – Shelf Talk – August 2, 2010
Nancy Werlin: The Anatomy of a Book Cover – Shelf Talk – August 5, 2010
NERDS Behind the Jacket – Mishaps and Adventures – July 23, 2010
Oh, Your Windswept Hair! – Stacked – July 20, 2010
On Press for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth – Mishaps and Adventures – October 1, 2010
Orange is the New Black – Stacked – July 15, 2010
A Phoenix Will Rise From Its Own Ashes – Editorial Anonymous – July 7, 2010
Random Linkage – The YA YA YAs – January 13, 2010
The Season of Windblown Hair – Or, the Zeitgeist of Book Covers by Elizabeth Bluemle – Shelf Talker – July 22, 2010
Similar Covers (regular feature) – She Reads and Reads – February 3, 2010
Strong Spines Redux: Essentials for Standing Out on the Shelf – Publisher’s Weekly/Elizabeth Bluemle – March 4, 2010
Troy: Cover Story – Crowe’s Nest – October 7, 2010
Year in the Life of a Book: Ellen Potter – Get to the Point – January 22, 2010

2009
20 Body Part-Covered Book Covers – FlavorWire – December 22, 2009
45 Beautifully Designed Book Covers – WellMedicated – June 11, 2009
All Book Cover Designers Are Liars – Bookninja – July 8, 2009″
Archive for ‘Book Covers’ Category on My Life in… – 2009
Are “Black Covers” Segregated in Book Stores? – Sociological Images – July 28, 2009
Asian-Americans on YA Fiction Covers – The YA YA Yas – July 27, 2009
Bonus Cover Stories: Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis – Melissa Walker – October 29, 2009
Book Covers – A True Reality – March 24, 2009
Book Covers: A Creative Process
– CLP Teensburgh – August 10, 2009
Book Covers and the Death of Publishing
– John Green – July 27, 2009
Book Covers: Puppets of Patriarchy (And Other Things That Piss Me Off)
– Under the Covers – July 1, 2009
Books on Book Covers - The Book Design Review – February 8, 2009
Columbine - … by Henry Sene Yee Design – March 26, 2009
Controversy Report: Cover Cut-Out Coincidence? – 100 Scope Notes – January 7, 2009
Controversy Report: The Socks Don’t Stop
– 100 Scope Notes – February 4, 2009
Cover Controversy: Gettin’ Dressed Up… Again – 100 Scope Notes – August 7, 2009
Cover Controversy: Holding Stuff
– 100 Scope Notes – December , 2009
Cover Controversy: Related Radiographs
– 100 Scope Notes – October 29, 2009
Cover Controversy: The Evil Twin
– 100 Scope Notes – September 16, 2009
Covers, Marketing, Authenticity – Paged Media – July 23, 2009
Cover Stories: Goth Girl Rising by Barry Lyga – Melissa Walker – October 26, 2009
Cover Stories: Vamped by Lucienne Diver – Readergirlsz – November 10, 2009
A Delicious Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Teashop Girls Cover Shoot – The Teashop Girl’s blog – March 3, 2009
Double Take, Part XVIII – Stacked – December 10, 2009
Fantasy Cover Art – BuzzFeed – 2009
Hardcover vs Paperback 55 – Pop Culture Junkie – November 17, 2009
Hardcover vs Paperback 56 – Pop Culture Junkie – November 24, 2009
Hardcover vs Paperback 61 – Pop Culture Junkie – December 29, 2009
Heist Society — The Cover! – Ally’s Diary – October 21, 2009
How to Judge a YA Book by its Cover – Forever Young Adults – October 22, 2009
“I’m so pretty…” - Behler Blog – April 24, 2009
Interesting, Huh? [a double dip post] – Crimson Cloud Nine – July 15, 2009
Judge Me – Chasing Ray – February 12, 2010
Judging a Book By Its Cover – Pimp My Novel – July 9, 2009
Judging a Book by its Cover
– YABOOKNERD – January 8, 2009
Judging Books by Their Covers: America Vs. UK – The Millions – February 25, 2009
Lookalike Book Covers: Give ‘em the Boot!
– EW’s Shelf Life – August 7, 2009
Lookalike Book Covers: High on Grass
– EW’s Shelf Life – July 24, 2009
Lookalikes at Pop Culture Junkie – ongoing
The Meaning of Well-Covered – YA Highway – August 20, 2009
More Book Covers and Thoughts on Liar
– The YA YA YAs – July 30, 2009
A New Kind of Horror – Book Aunt – June 13, 2009.
On Book Cover Design – The Book Oven Blog – July 18, 2009
On Unadorned Book Covers – SLOG: News & Arts – January 27, 2009
Re-illustrating Dahl – The Apple and the Egg – August 19, 2009
Same Covers, Different Books – Likely Stories – June 17, 2009
The Purpose of  a Book Cover – Seth Godin’s Blog – July 2, 2009
Title-less – Jacket Knack – October 26, 2009
Trying to Judge a Russian Book by its Cover – Shelf Talk: Your Seattle Public Library – September 28, 2009
Unfortunate Covers (#9) - 100 Scope Notes – April 16, 2009
US vs. UK: The Looking Glass Wars Covers – Wondrous Reads – November 26, 2009
When Cover Art Goes Bad by Brenda Novak – Pub Rants – July 28, 2009
Why We Think the Liar Cover is Wrong (Or Cover Fail 09) – Chasing Ray – July 23, 2009
Why YA Covers Are Hard – Carolrhoda – November 20, 2009
Wondrous Reads Top 10 Book Covers of 2009 – Wondrous Reads – December 30, 2009

2008
3 Reasons Why Using Stock Photography Might Not Be Such a Great Idea – My Life In… – April 9, 2008
Birth of a Book Cover: A Case Study – Versailles and More – March 28, 2008
Book Cover Magic: An Interview With Scholastic’s David Saylor – Ypulse – April 23, 2008
Book Covers Got Back – Madgirl.org – October 21, 2008
Cover Art Saturday: Cover Models – Sarah’s Random Musings – November 8, 2008
Cover Madness – Courtney Summers – January 19, 2008
Covering Covers – Sarah Tells Tales – December 18, 2008
Cupcakes on Book Covers: A Masterlist – Cupcakes Take the Cake – September 3, 2008
The Design Process for a Book & More – Sorodesign Blog – September 10, 2008
Designing the Perfect Book Cover: Turf Battles Over Art, Fonts & Money
by Alan Rinzler – The Book Deal: An Inside View of Publishing – December 9, 2008
Enough With the Fireflies! (or, The Great Book Cover Compare) – Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’? – October 19, 2008
Everywhere Girl, The Book
– The Idee Blog – January 22, 2008
Excellent Book Covers and Paperbacks
– Smashing Magazine, April 14, 2008
A Gold Star for Flux Covers – Shelftalker: A Children’s Bookseller’s Blog – August 26, 2008.
How Do You Design a Cover? – … By Henry Sene Yee Design – December 4, 2008
I Know by the Nose – Chills, Thrills, Odds and Ends – October 28, 2008
Inexplicable Cover Redesigns – Unsquare Dance – August 22, 2008
Is Copy-Cat Book Cover Art Becoming an Unwanted Trend? – Alternative Teen Services – April 22, 2008
Japanese Book Covers – Jean Snow – February 16, 2008
Judge a Book’s Cover: AIGA 50/50 Exhibition – Dwell – September 10, 2008
Judging a Picture Book by its Cover – Tara Lazar, Children’s Book Author Blog – September 24, 2008
The Most Amazing Book Covers from Pre-Golden Age SF by Joshua Glenn – io9 – December 15, 2008
My Favorite Book Covers – September 2008 – My Life In… – September 7, 2008.
Off With Their Heads – Collecting Children’s Books – August 21, 2008
The Other Side of the Island – … By Henry Sene Yee Design – December 4, 2008
Thoughts: Book Covers – Librarian by Day – October 24, 2008
Topic of the Week: Covers – 2009 Debutantes – October 23, 2008
“We Had Faces” – I Plan to Be a Diva Someday – January 28 2008

2007
Cover Art – Feiwel and Friends – June 19, 2007
Covers: Don’t Look Down – Argh Ink – July 3, 2007
Covers, Tea, and Issues of Personality – Maureen Johnson’s Blog – November 15, 2007
Favorite Book Covers of 2007 – True Reality Blog – December 31, 2007
Friday Fifteen – Ali Smith – Blisstree – October 12, 2007
Headless Body in Topless Bar* – Thingology Blog – December 14, 2007
Jackets Required: Why Cover Art Matters – Guardian Unlimited: The Blog: Books – August 3, 2007
Judge a Book by Its Cover – Adventures in Reading Blog – August 8, 2007
The Mysteries of Cover Art Unveiled – Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market Editor’s Blog – August 23, 2007
Why Does This Picture-Book Cover Work? – One-Minute Book Reviews Blog – October 25, 2007

2006
Hardback and Paperback Covers – The Penguin Blog – August 23, 2006
Judging a Book by its Cover : The Best of 2006 – Bookslut – December 2006
Judging Books by their Covers – Bowing to the Future Blog – July 13, 2006
Judging Book by their Covers II – Bowing to the Future Blog – July 29, 2006
Making Castoff – India Ink Blog – June 30, 2006
Upscale Book Jackets – 2 Blowhards Blog – April 8, 2006

2005
British and American Cover Art: How and Why They’re Different by Carol Pinchefsky on Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. November 2005

Reusable Cover Art in Historical Novels: A Gallery -
Some Narnian Book Covers -

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