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