We judged books by their covers for this gallery of 2018’s best designs, and the results are stunning.
The reality is that a striking design can influence whether we’ll pick up a title or leave it untouched on a shelf, so talented designers and artists craft images that will catch our eye as well as communicate a book’s content. With this in mind, we’ve selected 18 gorgeous covers that weave creativity and practicality into memorable designs. These are by no means the only exceptional covers released this year, but they are our favorites.
If you want to view even more book covers, you can check out our gallery of the best covers of 2017. We also recommend visiting both Spine Magazine’s and The Casual Optimist’s websites, as they introduced us to many of our favorite designs this year. And if you’re looking for reading recommendations, check out our lists of the best novels, best nonfiction books, best fantasy novels and best Young Adult novels of 2018.
Rather than rank the covers, we listed them in an aesthetically pleasing order.