Classic Books Get Crowdsourced Cover Art

Classic Books Get Crowdsourced Cover Art

Elizabeth Licata
Jun 3, 2013

A person can crowdsource pretty much anything these days. In one of the more highbrow iterations, the classics are getting crowdsourced makeovers with new book jackets from Recovering The Classics.

A joint effort between the Harvard Book Store, Daily Lit, and the Creative Action Network, Recovering The Classics is like Spoonflower for cover art. It invites anyone to design a cover for one of 50 classic books. (More books could be added later.) Need a new copy of Pride and Prejudice, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, or Swann’s Way? Just browse the selection and pick the book cover you like best. Ebooks are downloadable for $3, and paperback copies printed by the Harvard Book Store are $15.

The project is new, so available covers are limited for many titles. But if you don’t like the selection they have, or if you’ve just always dreamed of owning a copy of Dracula with your art on the cover, you can make and submit a cover of your own.

“We are actively seeking new contributions from all interested artists and designers,” the project’s website says. “Everyone’s contribution is welcome, although we do have some specifications and guidelines.”

Profits on any sales will be split between the organizations and the cover artist.

Read more about the project at Recovering The Classics.

(Images via Recovering The Classics.)

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