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I would like to learn more about interesting, contemporary book design. What magazines, web sites or designers would you recommend?
There is Fwis's Covers blog...
...also The Book Design Review...
...and Osprey Design's Foreword blog.
Gestalten has a recent book called Fully Booked, and there are others. Try doing a search on Amazon.com, or on Google, using the terms "book design" or "book cover design".
Go to a library and look at the newest books in a variety of topics and genres. Make notes. And photocopies. Jot down questions. Make evaluations: what you like and don't like. What seems to work and what not. Your own opinions will be a good first guide. Then check out what the "experts" say. You may find they agree with you at times.
Thanks! I will look into your links (the links at the Forewords blog look promising as well). I've been interested in book design for a long time, but I need to find something new and interesting, without knowing where to look.