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.

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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


By Blood


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


The Bug


After Freud Left: A Century of Psychoanalysis in America


The Flame Alphabet


The Day The World Ends


The Sardinians


A Wilderness of Error: The Trails of Jeffrey MacDonald


Stripped


May We Be Forgiven

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