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

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


May We Be Forgiven

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