Monday, May 18, 2009
A Bookgasm: Penguin's My Penguin Lets You Design Your Own Cover
After my booking and coffeeing, the intense desire struck me to make my own copy of the book. I have wanted to learn bookbinding for ages, and in my obsessive thinking, it seemed a Good and Fabulous Plan to learn the skill just so I could disassemble a copy of Steppenwolf and bind it up in my own cover.
This led to a bit of Googling for past covers, whereupon I discovered an infinitely easier way to enDaisyfy a copy: Penguin has a service called MyPenguin offering several titles with blank front covers. The image here is by Goldspot. I have no bloody idea who that is, but the cover's pretty cool. At first I thought they printed a design for you, but no- they send you a naked book. Which is cheap. I think - £5 is cheap, yes?
When I finish Elephant Girl, I'm going to play with a Steppenwolf cover. There may well be an entire body of art or something on the theme. On fire, people... oh yes.
(Bee tee dubs, Penguin did not solicit this post or give me any cash. But they totally can! I'll give them Diary of Elephant Girl if they want. Call me, Penguin, because this just totally made you my favorite publisher unless I find out you've done something evil like censoring or not lighting candles at an alter to Herman Hesse every business day or something. KTHXBAI.)