design double take: a few pearls of wisdom

Notice anything out of the ordinary? I mean, if you’re not completely distracted by the giant red monstrosities advertising both books’ NOW ONLY prices.

I know I’m not alone in admitting that most girls can be enticed from several feet away by a bargain price. But the fact that both Susan Colebank’s Black Tuesday and Kieran Scott’s She’s So Dead to Us sat mere inches away from each other was no accident. It’s as if the bookstore personnel knew I’d come traipsing through that day, armed with my cell phone and ready to attack any cover that dare make some sort of impression on me. (At least this is what I think in my head.)

What is it about covers like these (that focus on a simple and symbolic object) that make them more-than-one-cover-worthy? Have you read either of these books? If so, do these pearls have anything to do with either novel’s innards?

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7 thoughts on “design double take: a few pearls of wisdom

  1. I think they are both pretty bland but Black Tuesday looks a bit better because of the shading. I still don’t really like them that much.

  2. Wow, there are a LOT of similarities there! Having worked at a bookstore, I bet the books are next to each other because

    1) Someone thought it would be a good idea to put like-themes/covers together

    or, my favorite:

    2) Someone was silly and saw the pearls and thought it was the same book and stuck it on top of the other book. When someone went to fix it, they realized how good the two looked together and voila, they’re now shelf-mates 🙂

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