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Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« on: April 23, 2017, 07:57:22 PM »
The (excellent) folks at Text Publishing in Melbourne put together a new cover for Orwell's 1984.

Isn't it gorgeous?



Link to buy if you want https://www.textpublishing.com.au/books/1984

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Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2017, 09:47:23 PM »
No. I hate it. LOL. I see what they were trying to do, but it missed the mark for me. To each their own, I guess.
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Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2017, 10:59:11 PM »
No. I hate it. LOL. I see what they were trying to do, but it missed the mark for me. To each their own, I guess.

Really? wow, haha!

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Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2017, 01:00:46 AM »
hate is a strong word used for exaggeration purposes only, but no, I'm not really a fan of it at all. Between this and brave new world, you have two of my all time favourite books. I hope they sell a bunch and bring a lot of new readers to it, but that cover would never talk me into buying it.
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Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2017, 05:07:44 PM »
My personal favorites are the Signet Classics edition (I love the clarity and simplicity of the watching eye):



And the typographic book cover for 1984 by Adronauts Berlin (Patrick Pichler & Wolfgang Warzilek):



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Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2017, 11:01:49 PM »
Those two are both nice. Simple and effective, and still evoke the sense of the book.
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2017, 01:26:04 AM »
Interesting. It works only if you know the first sentence of the book. I wonder if it is wise to hinge that much on something like this.
I also can't help but wonder if it is even book-acurate. I was under the impression Oceania uses a 24-hour clock.
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Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2017, 08:05:00 AM »
The Kindle cover I am being offered this morning.



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Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2017, 10:02:37 AM »
personally, i don't like clocks with the number 13 on them (except for one in the musical Wicked).

and I find eye imagery creepy, so crebel's post makes me shudder.

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Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2017, 07:49:12 PM »
Interesting. It works only if you know the first sentence of the book. I wonder if it is wise to hinge that much on something like this.

Good point. Although Text Publishing is sort of a high end publishing house, mainly sold in expensive independent shops.

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Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2017, 08:08:50 PM »
I think that's a pretty nice cover. It's a nice take using a classic book's distinctive opening line.

I also like the Penguin cover of 1984 that's redacted, and the more the book is read, the more wear and tear it receives, the more the title wears through the black.

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Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2017, 04:45:47 PM »
It seems a bit odd to me. But maybe it'll work in today's market.

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Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2017, 02:42:31 AM »
No. I hate it. LOL. I see what they were trying to do, but it missed the mark for me. To each their own, I guess.

This.  My first impression was that they forgot to put the title on it.  It took me a second to notice the highlighted numerals.  And I don't want to have to search for the title on the freakin' cover.  So, yeah...   ::)
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Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2017, 03:32:06 AM »
Interesting. It works only if you know the first sentence of the book. I wonder if it is wise to hinge that much on something like this.
I also can't help but wonder if it is even book-acurate. I was under the impression Oceania uses a 24-hour clock.

Yeah, I've read 1984 but it was decades ago and was wondering why there was a clock on the cover.  I like the ones with the eye on it.

personally, i don't like clocks with the number 13 on them (except for one in the musical Wicked).

LOL, I didn't even notice the "13" until you said this (no coffee yet, think I need to rectify that!) and can't say I've seen many clocks with 13 on them.  *Ponders*
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Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2017, 03:20:39 PM »
I think the cover is actually pretty cool. It is a neat idea overall. This book I think will always be relevant no matter what is on the cover.

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Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #15 on: June 11, 2017, 07:03:50 AM »
I think it's a really clever cover with an awesome concept, but it may be a bit too complex - on the artistic/design level it definitely works, but if it was a new book I definitely wouldn't go for something similar. It definitely catches attention, but it is a bit confusing at first glance, too, imho. Since it's definitely not something new to the market, though, I'd say it works really well! I'd definitely love to put a book with a cover like that on my shelf!
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Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2017, 08:32:27 PM »
Wow! I actually really dislike that new cover. Ha.

I like both of the covers that Joseph J. Bailey posted much better. I used to own the one with the eye cover (before I sold it), and I really dig the simplicity of the typographic cover. Less is more.

...and I just realized that the clock cover makes it pretty hard to tell the title or the full name of the author. Yikes, that's pretty terrible.  :o

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Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #17 on: October 03, 2017, 11:33:07 PM »
Wow! I actually really dislike that new cover. Ha.

I like both of the covers that Joseph J. Bailey posted much better. I used to own the one with the eye cover (before I sold it), and I really dig the simplicity of the typographic cover. Less is more.

...and I just realized that the clock cover makes it pretty hard to tell the title or the full name of the author. Yikes, that's pretty terrible.  :o

Haha I guess I was wrong. I still think it's cool, though.

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« Reply #18 on: October 04, 2017, 12:17:25 AM »
When I control everything as Big Brother, I'll make you all see my POV.

I, for one, welcome our new Australian overlords.

Just please don't make us eat that Vegemite stuff.   :-X
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« Reply #19 on: October 04, 2017, 12:36:56 AM »
I, for one, welcome our new Australian overlords.

Just please don't make us eat that Vegemite stuff.   :-X

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« Reply #20 on: October 04, 2017, 05:48:52 AM »
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Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #21 on: October 05, 2017, 09:26:00 AM »
It is kind of cool that they tried something with the clock. So many 1984 covers have played with the eye motif. It did take me a minute to find the title, though.



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« Reply #22 on: October 15, 2017, 08:01:16 PM »
Love the typographic cover. Thanks for sharing! Hadn't come across that one before.

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Re: Gorgeous new cover for 1984
« Reply #23 on: October 16, 2017, 12:53:00 AM »
I think that, like a lot of today's ads, it's a bit too clever for readers who are scrolling down through 100's of covers to find something that shouts the genre they are searching for. Ads or book covers that have to be explained have probably missed their mark. (I also didn't notice the highlighted 1984 until it was explained  ::))

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« Reply #24 on: October 16, 2017, 01:52:31 AM »
I think that, like a lot of today's ads, it's a bit too clever for readers who are scrolling down through 100's of covers to find something that shouts the genre they are searching for. Ads or book covers that have to be explained have probably missed their mark. (I also didn't notice the highlighted 1984 until it was explained  ::))

To be honest I think this sort of cover isn't meant for casual buyers; it's probably meant as a unique and clever cover for people who already loved 1984 and wanted something striking. It's the sort of book that is probably an expensive hardcover. A collector's piece, rather than just another book on Amazon.

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