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Need Help! (Book Cover)

OK, folks, I have until tomorrow to select an image for my book’s cover. Here are some images that I’m considering, and I need help choosing. Think crisis literature, liquid capital, fluidity, etc. Of course, you have to imagine the photoswithout the “Istock” logo on them. Please vote in the comments.

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If they all stink, I can keep looking.


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44 thoughts on “Need Help! (Book Cover)

  1. Evelina Anville on said:

    Do you have to use an istock photo? For my book (collection not monograph), I actually selected an image from a museum that was noteworthy and that I discussed in the intro. The press took care of all permissions and everything. I just had to tell them the illustrator, the title, and send them a link. Do you discuss any images at all? Or is there maybe an artist that produces work that can be provocative in this context?


    • I only found out about this today and have to make a decision by 5 pm tomorrow. So it’s got to be one of these images or none at all. They moved the date of publication to to 3 months earlier and now everything has to be done very fast.


  2. In order of preference: 6, 1, then 4.

    But it may be worth hiring a designer to come up with a unique cover page. It’s not too expensive.


  3. Stringer Bell on said:

    Any image of water/streams is going to be too on the nose for a book about ‘fluidity’. I’d avoid that.

    Honestly, I don’t like any of these. A thought: how about one of these global maps of people/cargo flows? Talk about capital flight!


  4. Stringer Bell on said:

    I like this: the zoomed-in shot gives off a sense of urgency.


  5. Shakti on said:

    None of the them. What’s the book title?
    #1, #2, #6 look like they belong on the front of a nature guide, #3 looks like a finance/math textbook, #4 &#5 look like a business book where they talk about time being money, and #7 is the cover of “The Bookseller’s Wife” or the beginning of a language software program where you go to buy books. I like Stringer’s suggestion.

    Honestly, a melting globe with the axis looking like a dollar sign would look cool. The globe is being transformed into a more liquid state like ice goes to water.


  6. Yep, the waterfalls are way too idyllic for this. The hourglass idea is better but I don’t like those particular hourglasses – they’re rather unimpressive, visually, and don’t really suggest urgency. Out of the original images, I’d pick the one with the books


  7. One hourglass I rather like :
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  8. And I can’t get embedding to work so here’s another one on the theme of time running out


  9. Shakti on said:

    I like the images of the world made up of currency.
    Two World Maps Created with a Country’s Own Currency Maybe have that kind of image zoomed in on Spain with a water effect over it?


  10. How about something like this: still a stream (or waterfall), but instead of water, it’s dollar bills that are flowing down the stream/waterfall? Google “dollar bills flowing” there are all sorts of images with money coming out of pipes etc., flowing, flying, etc.

    I personally think a nature picture is better than a money picture because it’s not that obvious. For instance, Jackson’s book Electrodynamics, which every grad student in physics suffered through at some point, has a cover that has nothing to do with electrodynamics and is a mountain peak… Because electrodynamics is freakin’ hard, like climbing Mt Everest. Every grad student must have thought about the choice of the cover, which is an added benefit in never forgetting the book.


    • That’s an interesting idea. To do something completely unrelated to make people stop and think. Plus, even academics stop to leaf through a book at an exhibit because of the way the cover looks.


  11. What’s the point you want the cover to convey to the reader?


  12. They stink. What about something like one of these..?


  13. cliched but…


  14. If you wanted to put buildings on the cover, you could put a photo of a European central bank.


  15. Spanish paintings:


  16. Image 03, but only if the arrow went in the opposite direction.


  17. Steve on said:

    Waterfall images might work better if you include some fish struggling upstream to their inevitable deaths.


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