The book cover

 
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Introduction
 

A cover is useful because it makes a book

 
  • more attractive
  • more durable
  • more prestigious, and
  • easy to identify.
Description
 

A book cover is a protective binding or overlay on a book, usually made of heavier material than the book pages.

Kinds
 

There are two kinds of book covers:

 
  • durable covers
  • "short-life" covers
 

Here is a table to help you compare the two kinds of covers:

 

Kind of cover

Material

Use

Examples

Durable

Frequent, or long-term

"Short-life"

Lightweight paper

Infrequent or short-term

  • Calendars
  • Bulletins
  • Test materials to be revised
  • Dated materials
Features
 

Here are some features of a book cover:

 
  • A book cover has the title of the book in the local language and, if desired, in another language of the region.
  • It could also have

    • an appropriate illustration or design
    • the name of the language the book is written in
    • the names of local authors, illustrators, and collaborators, or
    • an indication of what kind of book it is.
Diagram
 

Here is a diagram of a typical book cover:

 
Examples
 

Here is an example of a typical book cover:

 
See also
 

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