A book cover for your e-reader…classic!

I’m sorry that I completely abandoned my Halloween posts, but both jobs got the better of me!

If you are wondering, I ended up being a Faery for Halloween. My costume was inspired from Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series (I’m kind of addicted to these books right now).



In RT Book Reviews magazine, I came across these delightful e-reader covers that are fashioned out of, you guessed it, classic texts. Not only do these covers bring the old-school-feel we miss when having an e-reader, but I think they cleverly mask your possibly expensive investment.

Some of my favourites:

Not every cover fits every e-reader, so make sure to read the fine print before your order one of your own!

Check it out: CLICK HERE!

If you don’t see a favourite, the designer, Randy, does make custom orders!


Book of the Month Clutch

Don’t be fooled, these are not your average classic books.

Kate Spade has introduced her Book of the Month Clutch bag series. There are only three ‘books’ in the series and each boasts as being a mini work of art. They are crafted with hand drawn elements and colourful collage, including spine and back cover with back cover copy.

If you leave this purse unattended at your next event, it might just be mistaken for the book it masquerades.

I personally don’t like the cover art they chose to depict these classics, but what do you think?  Also, at 325$ a purse, I unfortunately won’t be sporting one of my favorite classics, The Great Gatsby, anytime soon.

Visions in Poetry

I know i’m digressing, but next time your in a bookstore, I suggest you hunt down these gems by Kids Can Press. They have created 7 books of poetry and every book is beautifully illustrated to match the verse.  The graphic-novel-esque style of these illustrations truely breaths new life into these poems, allowing the next generation to enjoy them more than ever before.

Below are two excerpts, one from Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, the second from a collection titled, My Letters to the World and Other Poems, by Emily Dickinson.

From the page to the life’s stage: week 4

Penguin Classics Hardcover Books

Penguin and their fabulous classic cover re-designs…again!

To the left is an image of two cloth bound series of Classic Literature books released by Penguin in 2008, and designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith.  The concept behind these covers is pattern design and each cover follows a different geometrical pattern. In turn, every pattern speaks to the novel’s atmosphere, themes, or period that it was written.

Coralie Bickford-Smith’s favourite design: Crime and Punishment (the third last book on the second row, red and beige).

Check out Coralie‘s website for other stunning cover re-designs, or stay tuned to my blog for more of her work coming soon!

See the From the Page to the Life’s Stage tab for a list of titles available in this series.

These books are available in Chapters/Indigo/Coles stores for $12.99.

Click here to find a cool desktop background using these books!

From the page to the life’s stage: week 3

More crazy cool book covers!

Cigarette Book Covers

Do you notice that sometimes when you read classical literature, all the characters do between breaks in the conversation is smoke?  Must be hard for reformed smokers, feeling the pull of the literary giants, glamorizing a habit we know condone.  However, there is now a smoke free way to get your kick. Tank Magazine, located in London, England, has created super-cool book covers at Tank Books for some seriously super-cool authors.  These book covers are meant to mimic cigarette cases and are being dubbed the most successful book packaging design in years. Check out the list below for titles available in these cigarette boxes. You can see they were aptly chosen, because we can all envision them puffing away while they write page after page.

* Where to find them in Canada: Tank Magazine is British and therefore the price is in pounds.  I sent the company an email to find out what costs would be to order these books and this is the reply I received.

Each six pack cigarette tin cost (which contains all six titles) is priced at £39.99 plus postage and packing costs £7.20.  In total £47.19.  Each individual pack coats £6.99 each and postage is priced according to how many are sent!”

Click here to order the books from there website. Unfortunately these books are not currently available in stores.


Joseph Conrad “Heart of Darkness

Ernest Hemingway “The Undefeated” and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro

Franz Kafka “The Metamorphosis” and “In the Penal Colony

Rudyard Kipling “The Man who would be King” and “The Phantom ’Rickshaw” and “Black Jack

Robert Louis Stevenson “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Leo Tolstoy “The Death of Ivan Ilych” and “Father Sergius

From the Page to the Life’s Stage: Week 2

(Check out, From the Page to the Life’s Stage link above, to see previous posts)

Week 2: Penguin’s new covers

Most of you have probably noticed the interesting new cover designs on classic literature books in bookstores. We have Penguin Classics to thank for creating contemporary covers that will hopefully draw in a younger generation of readers. These new covers are a part of Penguins Classic Deluxe editions, which feature 3 graphic covers by artist Ruben Toledo (The Scarlet Letter, Wuthering Heights, and Pride and Prejudice). His art work is reminiscent of Salvador Dali and includes sculpture, illustrations, paintings and drawings, that have been featured in art galleries, fashion shows, and exhibits around the world. Married to the famed Isabel Toledo, both originally from Cuba, Ruben has given these books a face-lift by adding his touch of artsy glamour. With regards to the books, Ruben said he loved that the heroin of The Scarlett Letter was a seamstress, but his favourite was Wuthering Heights due to its “twisted and perverse story.” If you like these covers, check out some of these links below to see where his art has been featured elsewhere:

A Marriage of Art and Fashion (15 year collaboration with his wife).

Fashion (his art complimenting fashion)