I recently became aware that hardback books have hidden covers.
I read all my hardcover books with the dust jackets on! I feel like I’ve been missing out on this whole magnificent world. So, recently, I went through all the hardbacks on my shelf and discovered that about 10% of them do have something beneath the cover.
Some of these things are fairly simple, like Sapphique by Catherine Fisher, which only has a simple emboss of the keyhole from the cover art.
Others are more practical, like the Paranormalcy series by Kiersten White, which show the titles in simple foil.
I have a couple, like Lemony Snickett’s All the Wrong Questions series, with colored embossing. These ones are particularly simple, with just a colored silhouette.
Whereas others, like this OwlCrate exclusive of Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills are full embossed pressings and colored to match the cover.
But my absolutely, unquestioningly most beautiful hidden cover is on the Illumicrate copy of received of Artemis by Andy Weir.
I love that these things are hidden under the book jackets. While I still think I’ll keep the jackets on them, I am definitely going to start checking for new hidden covers on my hardbacks.
This week’s Book Blogger Hop asks:
Do you read hardcovers with the dust jacket on or off? Why or why not?
In short, my answer is: on! I use the book flaps as a bookmark, and honestly I’ve never even considered removing them. Where would you keep them where they wouldn’t be damaged? Do people just… toss them? They’re art! Explain.