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Spine Issue 5

With over 100 pages of book cover design related articles and features, this issue is our most ambitious yet.

The cover designed by Kerry Squires evokes our featured artist, Matisse. Although not done using his 'drawing with scissors' technique, the digitally created design still holds an intuitive and human tone.

  • New & noteworthy: fiction & non-fiction
  • Drawing With Scissors: The cover designs of Henri Matisse
  • Gaberbocchus Press: best lookers not best sellers
  • Playing it Straight: grip-lit genre design and copycat techniques by Danny Arter
  • Altering the Apparent: should cover designs be translated across cultures? By Nuria Rodríguez
  • Interviews with Michael B. Myers Jr. and Emily Weigel by Eric Wilder
  • A Day at the Bookbinders: reprint of the 1838 account of a London bookbinders from the Penny Magazine
  • Book review: The Form of the Book we review Occassional Papers' title which brings together essential essays on the book—its history, present, and possible futures

European residents can order through Amazon EU, search phrase: Spine Issue 5.

Issue 4 – sold out

Over 80 pages of cover design related articles and features.

  • New & noteworthy fiction & non-fiction
  • The Life and Death of a Book Cover by Will Speed
  • Interview: Kimberly Glyder
  • Grimm Covers: Designing Grimm's Fairy Tales

Issue 3 – sold out

Over 80 pages of cover design related articles and features.

  • New & noteworthy fiction & nonfiction 
  • Gender and Children's Publishing: An interview with Nosy Crow 
  • Interview: Anne Jordan
  • Series reviews

Issue 2 – sold out

Spine is a comprehensive magazine about book cover design for both industry professionals and students.

This issue brings you new and noteworthy covers plus articles and event listings.

Issue 1 – sold out

The first issue of Spine summarised the best book cover designs published within the last few months of its publication.