Saturday, April 9, 2016

BiblioTech Initiative Wants You to Redesign Classic Book Covers for Electronic Catalog

Posted By on Sat, Apr 9, 2016 at 8:35 AM

A new rendition of "Moby-Dick." - RECOVERING THE CLASSICS
  • Recovering the Classics
  • A new rendition of "Moby-Dick."
In this case, the books will be judged by their covers.

BiblioTech, Bexar County's all-digital library, is taking part in a national initiative to redesign digital covers of classic books in the public domain to make them more engaging. Local artists and designers can submit their ideas to the program, dubbed "Recovering the Classics," through Friday, July 1. 

Selected designs will be announced on July 15. They will replace the covers of the ebooks in the library's catalog, and be printed and displayed in BiblioTech branches through August.

Many of the classic books in the public domain "have poorly designed or auto-generated covers that don’t adequately relay what has made these books stand the test of time," BiblioTech's news release said. There are over 100 titles to choose from, including: "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens, "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad, "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Arthur Conan Doyle and "Moby-Dick" by Herman Melville.

For more information on the contest, including guidelines for submission, a full list of available titles and examples of new covers, click here.

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