When we say "I want to buy a book", we refer primarily that we want to read something interesting, we mean the content. But what about the book cover and in general, the book design, if they are unattractive, will you buy it? Me 90% no, just if the book was highly recommended.
There are several book design awards as Penguin design award, Design observer, The book designer, Best Book Design from All Over the World.
Till 2014 year 13 Chinese books became laureates of the last "Best Book Design" award. But not so many people know that in China there is a similar local competition - "Beauty of Books in China". This book "The Beauty of Books in China: A Collection of Awarded Books from 2003-2014" shows 251 book that have been awarded in the past 12 years.
China had its own unique book materials and book design art in ancient times. In the present day, China also is a big publishing country, with over 200000 new titles turned out annually.
This book is just an amazing find for all the books' addicted and books' lovers, especially who is interested in the books published in China. You can find all the awarded books for each year, each page is bilingual English and Chinese, it contains title of the book, author, classification, publisher, designer and a brief rewiev where you can find what is a beauty about the design of each book.
Mainly the awarded books are books about art and design, but you can also find children books, poetry, even science and technology books.
Here is rewiev for "Album of Grand Scenes of Revolution" by Le Zhenwen and Liu Xiaoqing - "This is a masterpiece of designing on the subject of such type. Dots and lines on the jacket are indigenously used to draw the tracks of China's revolution...." "Stories of the Families in the Snow Mountains (Tibetan)" by Zhaxi Caijia- "A delicate book bound with complicated technique by hand, which requires the reader to open up several layers before getting the content..."