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Who creates the titles for books and how?

2018-09-07

A good book title triggers so much curiosity that a reader wants to grab the book right away and read what it is all about. Of course, a book with a boring title (for instance, Gone with the Wind, or Brideshead Revisited) can become a bestseller, but then, other factors in the book and its marketing have succeeded better than the title creator.

bookstore inside department store
Klaava Media has contributed to many ebook projects, and in these cases, the majority of book titles have been created by the authors. The vast majority of the titles authors finally settled with, however, were not the first ones they suggested.

After discussing the importance of the title with an author, throwing ideas into the air, and digging deep into the key theme of the book, authors usually discover a title that everyone is happy with.

The process of discovering a title is roughly the same for a nonfiction and fiction book. The purpose of the title slightly differs: nonfiction can be descriptive whereas fiction should be exciting.

Rare books dealer Jonkers has published an infographic that explains how titles for a number of classics were created. Also in the case of classics, some titles were suggested by authors, some by publishers, and some were discovered in collaboration.

classic book titles, infographic by Jonkers
Infographic by Jonkers Rare Books.

Some of the classics mentioned in the infographic:

George Orwell’s 1984 was originally The Last Man in Europe.
William Golding’s Lord of the Flies was Strangers from Within.
Charles Dicken’s Little Dorrit original name was Nobody’s Fault.
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice originally was First Impressions.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was Trimalchio in West Egg.

Classic books get modern cover designs by the Creative Action Network artists

2016-01-25

Classic books, like War and Peace, Pride & Prejudice or Moby Dick have had so many cover designs over their lifespan that no one knows every design that exists. Every time a book is translated to another language or a new edition is printed, a new cover that reflects the trends of the times may have been created. Now, in the era of ebooks, a group of artists has decided to recreate covers for classics.

Creative Action Network launched Recovering the Classics campaign in 2013, and invited artists to contribute new cover designs. The goal was to get new covers for 100 old books that are still being read as ebooks. The campaign was more popular than the organizers expected. More than 750 artists and designers contributed.

book cover, by abdul rasyid

Design by Abdul Rasyid


book cover, niasha kodzai

Design by Niasha Kodzai


book cover, roberto lanznaster

Design by Roberto Lanznaster


book cover, kirsten mischler

Design by Kirsten Mischler


book cover, becki kozel

Design by Becki Kozel


View all the new book cover designs here where you can also purchase your favorite designs as posters and t-shirts.

Since books are digital products today, and can feature motion pictures and animated images, why not animate the book cover as well? That’s what Shannon Palmer concluded, and created a couple of animated book cover designs for classics. Here is the new, animated cover for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein:

Via Wired.