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Classic books get an artistic makeover

Reimagined book covers

Rediscover classic books with these stunning new editions

We all know the old saying "you shouldn't judge a book by its cover," but the team at Rock Paper Books (opens in new tab) think that you shouldn't have to look past a good cover, either. That's why they've teamed up with 30 artists to create modern, reimagined editions of classic books. And, using their best pencils (opens in new tab) and photo editing software (opens in new tab), they've come up with some killer designs!

Having already completed a successful round of fundraising, Rock Paper Books are back with a new Kickstarter project (opens in new tab) to help finance 30 more cover designs. With 12 already completed, including favourite titles such as Pride and Prejudice, Flatland, and Tarzan of the Apes, they now need backing to finish the remaining designs and support their publication.

The team hopes these covers will encourage a new generation of readers to discover classic titles, as well as giving book fans a reason to revisit their favourites. Get a taste of what to expect from Rock Paper Books by exploring the concept art below.

And don't forget, we're looking for the world's best cover designs (opens in new tab), so if you like the look of Rock Paper Books' work, be sure to vote for them!

Pride and Prejudice

Italian artist Andrea de Santis created this cover for Jane Austen's masterpiece

Flatland

This abstract classic gets a geometric design courtesy of Rutger Paulusse

Tarzan of the apes

Adrian Fernandez says books are a good way to catch people and get them reading

The Wind in the Willows

Dave Perillo came up with this stylised cover concept

The Jungle Book

This digital art cover was made by Michael Keliher

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Dom Carter
Dom Carter

Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.