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Robert McCrum blogs about AbeBooks’ recent feature – Novels Worth Reading for the Cover Alone – at The Guardian.

The AbeBooks promotion singles out A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (the Penguin edition) and the US cover of The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. Both are iconic images, evocative of the era in which those books first appeared. They remind me that, in this market, the publisher is also appealing to the reader’s aspiration. Part of the pleasure of holding a brilliant Penguin copy of A Clockwork Orange has to do with advertising what sort of person you are as a reader.

funeral-in-berlinTalking of cool covers, Bookslut pointed me to this ‘badass’ cover for Funeral in Berlin this morning. The young Michael Caine is very hard to beat, those glasses, that machine gun!

To enjoy some more great Penguin book covers, click on this flickr link and put on the slideshow. Enjoy!

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