Many new releases have design elements usually reserved for special occasions — deckle edges, colored endpapers, high-quality paper and exquisite jackets that push the creative boundaries of bookmaking.What publishers are doing is adding extras that might appeal to readers or making some books more beautiful and interesting.
For publishers, the strategy has a clear payoff: to increase the value of print books and build a healthy, diverse marketplace that includes brick-and-mortar bookstores and is not dominated by Amazon and e-books …. There are indications that an exquisitely designed hardcover book can keep print sales high and cut into e-book sales.Publishers hope readers will see their enhanced print books and say, Now there’s a book worth buying and keeping.
How many of you are giving print books or Christmas? Are they regular books or special “beautiful” books? Or are you giving e-books?