The Eyes Have It: 25 Book Covers That Look Back

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It’s summer, which means we’re doing more than our usual amount of bookstore browsing in the many air-conditioned shops in the greater New York area. Of course, half the fun of browsing is coming across books you’ve never heard of and picking them up, usually solely based on the covers, and for some reason we’ve noticed that we’ve been picking up a lot of big blue eyes recently. If eyes are the windows to the soul, as many people with eye tattoos have told us, does that mean we can see a book’s soul through them too? Or is that our own soul being reflected back to us? Maybe neither, but at the very least, we find book covers with eyes rather, okay, eye-catching, which is in many ways the goal of a well-designed jacket. So click through to see 25 well-designed book covers, new and old, that draw us in with their stares, and let us know if we’ve missed any of your favorites in the comments!

Designed by Stefan Sagmeister

Designed by Jamie Keenan

Designed by Jonathan Sainsbury

Designed by Peter Mendelsund

Designed by Peter Mendelsund

Designed by Gregg Kulick and Paul Buckley

Designed by Isaac Tobin

Designed by Peter Mendelsund (and let’s not forget the others in this series)

Designed by Van Oosten

Designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Designed by Lynn Buckley

Designed by Peter Mendelsund

Designed by Evan Gaffney

Designed by David Pelham

Designed by John Gall

Designed by Chris Ware

Designed by Shepard Fairey

Designed by High Design NYC

Designed by John Gall

Designed by Peter Mendelsund

Designed by Lloyd Ziff Design Group

Designed by Jennifer Carrow

Designed by Gregg Kulick and Paul Buckley

Designed by Paul Buckley

Designed by John Gall