11 of the Most Beautiful Book Covers of Last Year

Ebooks are convenient and all, but there's nothing quite like an awesome, physical book cover to really get you stoked to dive into a old-school tome. The words inside are important, but there's something to be said for a really nice piece of shelf-candy too.

Every year, the Design Observer and the American Institute of Graphic Arts whip up a list of the year's best cover designs, and they just put out their 50 bestestest of 2012. Taste varies, but these are a few of our favorites.


Curiosity and Method: Ten Years of Cabinet Magazine

11 of the Most Beautiful Book Covers of Last Year


By Blood

11 of the Most Beautiful Book Covers of Last Year


Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace

11 of the Most Beautiful Book Covers of Last Year


The Bug

11 of the Most Beautiful Book Covers of Last Year


After Freud Left: A Century of Psychoanalysis in America

11 of the Most Beautiful Book Covers of Last Year


The Flame Alphabet

11 of the Most Beautiful Book Covers of Last Year


The Day The World Ends

11 of the Most Beautiful Book Covers of Last Year


The Sardinians

11 of the Most Beautiful Book Covers of Last Year


A Wilderness of Error: The Trails of Jeffrey MacDonald

11 of the Most Beautiful Book Covers of Last Year


Stripped

11 of the Most Beautiful Book Covers of Last Year


May We Be Forgiven

11 of the Most Beautiful Book Covers of Last Year

You can check out the rest of the utterly fantastic designs over at The Design Observer.