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“I like big books and I cannot lie” – this quote by Jim C. Hines is the most commonly used phrase on mugs, t-shirts, bags and everything else. You won’t find it in this overview.
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Instead, we wanted to include only the best-designed t-shirts available on the web. There are other, funny or sophisticated, ways to express that you love reading books.
T-shirts are about expressing attitudes, character, and interests. We’ve selected the ones that are literary, not literal.
Each t-shirt comes with a short description that includes info about sizes, so that you don’t need to leave the page just to check that out. You’ll find a short sizing reference in the table below (dimensions in both inches and centimeters).
Unisex t-shirt – sizing information
|S||38 in / 97 cm||27.5 in / 70 cm|
|M||40 in / 102 cm||28 in / 71 cm|
|L||43 in / 109 cm||29 in / 74 cm|
|XL||45 in / 114 cm||29.5 in / 75 cm|
|2XL||47 in / 119 cm||30.5 in / 77 cm|
|3XL||50 in / 127 cm||31.5 in / 80 cm|
Women’s t-shirt – sizing information
|S||32 in / 81 cm||25.5 in / 65 cm|
|M||34 in / 86 cm||26 in / 66 cm|
|L||37 in / 94 cm||27 in / 69 cm|
|XL||39 in / 99 cm||28 in / 71 cm|
|2XL||41 in / 104 cm||28.5 in / 72 cm|
You can find great literary t-shirts in online store that specialize in clothes and fashion. But you can also find them in stores that offer customized products of all kinds.
Literary clothes – recommended sites
Etsy – a great destination if you want to gift something unique in style. All items are made to order by shop owners, so they differ in production values. A great thing is that you can talk directly to shop owner and get a personalized item. For instance, you can get a t-shirt in size and color that are not listed on a product page.
Redbubble – a marketplace for custom designed items, including clothes. Men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel is offered. Styles to choose from: t-shirts, v-necks, long sleeves, sweatshirts, and hoodies. You’ll find many fantastic bookish designs here!
Society6 – just like Redbubble, in Society6 you can browse thousands of merchandise items with quality artwork from artists from around the world.
CafePress – it’s one of the largest retailers of stock and user-customized products. The offer of apparel styles is very large, with a special focus on kids’s and baby clothes. However, the quality of designs is not always high.
Zazzle – the store offers a huge selection of merchandise of all kinds. The clothing department is very well organized. Almost every design can be used on over one hundred cloth products. What’s more, users can customize the existing artwork, or create a totally new one.
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50 awesome literary t-shirts for book lovers
Certified Book Addict T-shirt. A gorgeous typographic design by Risa Rodil is offered on Redbubble on a variety of t-shirts, including unisex, v-neck, women’s fitted scoop (shown above), and several others.
Available in seven colors, including Black, Turquoise, and Heather Gray. ⇢ Redbubble – from $24.85.
Edgar Allan Poe Women’s 3/4 Sleeve. A multicolored women’s 3/4 sleeve with a portrait of Edgar Allan Poe. In a unique water-based dye process, the image becomes a permanent part of the garment. The producer guarantees it will never peel, crack or flake like a regular print.
Available in sizes from X-Small to 4X. ⇢ Amazon – from $29.99.
Oscar Wilde Organic Scoop Neck T-Shirt. This t-shirt would make a great gift for many Oscar Wilde fans. The design features an original drawing by Tiffini Elektra showing Oscar Wilde leisurely sitting back surrounded by nouveau ornaments.
One color: Earth Blue. Women’s scoop neck t-shirt in sizes from S to XL. ⇢ Etsy – $25.
221B Baker Street T-Shirt. This Sherlockian design is based on contemporary London street signs, showing the ultimate destination for any fan of deerstalkers and deduction.
The t-shirt is available in one size that comfortably fits a wide range from US Size 1-14. ⇢ Etsy – $24.
Sherlock Holmes T-shirt. A stylish design from My Geek Chic reads “Sherlock Holmes for Hire”.
This is a men’s t-shirt, available in sizes from S to 3XL. ⇢ Etsy – $22.
Pride and Prejudice Light Weight Fleece. Iconic cover design from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, printed on a super soft blended fleece. From Out of Print Clothing Classic Collection.
Color: Black Heather. Four sizes: S, M, L, and XL. ⇢ Amazon – from $42.
Kurt Vonnegut No. 5. Designed by Novel-T, from a popular Literary Numbers series. Artwork featured on the front left chest is the officially licensed Kurt Vonnegut asterisk drawing. Other designs in the series: Douglas Adams No. 42, Jane Austen No. 21, Walt Whitman No. 11.
T-shirts are unisex slim-fit. Sizes from S to XL. ⇢ Etsy – $24.95.
Slaughterhouse-Five T-shirt. An iconic cover of Kurt Vonnegut’s famous novel from Out of Print Clothing licensed collection. This is a new way to enjoy the classic literature, and a great gift for book lovers.
Made from cotton/poly blend for easy care and comfort. Sizes from S to XL. ⇢ Amazon – $28.95.
I Love Murakami Women’s T-shirt. A t-shit honoring Japan and its culture. The art work is printed with durable ink on 100% cotton, pre-shrunk ladies’ cut t-shirt.
The design is also available in adult unisex and youth tee. Sizes: from S to XL. ⇢ Amazon – $20.
Some Infinities Tank Top. From The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.” This black racer tank top is made of imported 100% cotton.
Five sizes, from S to XXL. ⇢ Amazon – $13.99.
“Okay? Okay” Women’s Juniors T-Shirt. Eye-catching copyrighted design inspired by the cover of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. Printed with new direct-to-garment print technology.
Standard Women’s / Juniors’ fit. One color: White. Sizes from S to 4XL. ⇢ Amazon – from $17.95.
Harry Potter Hogwarts T-shirt. This is one of the most popular Harry Potter inspired tees on Amazon. It features the text “Hogwarts – School of Witchcraft and Wizardy” in a college emblem.
The tee is available in sizes from S to XXL. ⇢ Amazon – $16.99.
Harry Potter Pixel Art Alphabet T-shirt. A wonderful pixel art by Sergei Vozika matches alphabet letters with Harry Potter characters. Women’s biker tank is shown below, but on Society you can get other clothes as well, including v-neck t-shirts, long sleeves, and hoodies.
Five sizes: from XS to XL. ⇢ Society6 – $28.
Harry Potter Deathly Hallows T-Shirt. This charcoal heather t-shirt features the symbol of the Deathly Hallows and a text: “A wand more powerful than any in existence. A stone to recall loved ones from the grave. A cloak to leave death without being followed.”
Five sizes, from XS to XL. ⇢ Amazon – $25.50.
Girl on Fire T-shirt. The shirt features unique artwork inspired by the Hunger Games. On top, the design reads “Katniss Girl on Fire” in an orange color. Below there is a silhouette of the empowering Katniss drawing her bow and arrow.
Two sizes: L and XL. Color: Black. ⇢ Amazon – $17.99.
House Lannister T-shirt. Perfect for any fan of A Game of Thrones saga. The House Lannister emblem is printed on American Apparel fine jersey t-shirt. Alix Insanity shop offers on Etsy other house emblems as well.
Available in women’s and men’s sizes, from S to 2XL. Four colors to choose from: Red (above), White, Yellow, and Gray. You can also order the custom color. Please specify it in the message to seller. ⇢ Etsy – $23.
A Clockwork Orange Women’s T-shirt. One of the most popular items offered by Out of Print Clothing – the cover art for Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange. Just like other products from Out of Print, purchase of this shirt sends one book to a community in need.
Five women’s sizes are offered, from S to XXL. ⇢ Amazon – $29.
Jack Kerouac T-shirt. Perfect for the fans of Jack Kerouac. This Out of Print t-shirt features the original cover art from On the Road. Distressed, softened print on 100% cotton.
Color: Natural. Sizes from S to XL. ⇢ Amazon – $28.
Mysterious Island Graphic T-shirt. Inspired by one of the most famous novels of Jules Verne, this screen printed graphic T-shirt is made of 100% premium cotton in bone color. It’s pre-washed for a vintage feel.
The Affair shop on Etsy offers ten more other literary t-shirts, including Moby Dick, Frankenstein, and Heart of Darkness. ⇢ Etsy – $23.
Nevermore Raven T-shirt. Designed by Sheatiel Sarao, the t-shirt is inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe. The artwork is framed by the entire text of Poe’s poem The Raven. ⇢ Etsy – $24.
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish T-shirt. The design features a title of the fourth book from Douglas Adams Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series.
See above men’s basic fit. Available in eleven colors, including Cardinal, and Military Green. On CafePress you’ll find dozens of other clothes with this design, for women, men, and kids. ⇢ CafePress – $24.
The Godmother T-shirt. The t-shirt design inspired by Mario Puzo’s novel The Godfather.
Available on eight t-shirt colors, including Royal, Sport Gray, and Forest. Women’s sizes from S to 2XL. ⇢ Etsy – $14.99.
Alice In Wonderland Junior T-shirt. A classic image from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll as seen on a fitted jersey junior t-shirt.
Sizes from S to XXL. One color: Purple. ⇢ Amazon – $9.99.
Edgar Allan Poe T-Shirt. Designed by Thrifty Tees, this is an officially licensed men’s t-shirt featuring a portrait of Edgar Allan Poe.
One color: Black. Sizes from S to XL. ⇢ Amazon – from $9.99.
Brave New World T-shirt. Graphic T-shirt designed by the team from The Affair, and inspired by Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. It visualizes a pack of widely used and universally endorsed drug Soma.
The design is printed on premium white jersey. ⇢ Etsy – $15.99.
Jane Austen Quote T-shirt. Design by Chicks with Books features a quote from Pride and Prejudice: “You have widely mistaken my character, if you think I can be worked on by such persuasions as these.”
There are many colors to choose from (forty) and styles, including basic t-shirt, American Apparel fine jersey t-shirt, or long sleeve (shown above). ⇢ Zazzle – from $22.15.
Mr Darcy’s Proposal T-shirt. This stylish t-shirt shows a text of Mr Darcy’s proposal to Elizabeth Bennet, from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.
The quote is screen printed in a faded white eco friendly ink by hand. Four sizes to choose from: S through XL. ⇢ Etsy – $24.99.
Librarian Deadly Ninja T-shirt. Designed by Poor Richard. The t-shirt features a funny text: “Librarian by day, deadly ninja by night.” Not only t-shirts, but also other apparel is available with this design, including long sleeve tees, polos, tank tops, and sweatshirts. For women, men, and kids.
Available in as much as forty colors. Five sizes, from S to XXL. ⇢ Zazzle – from $22.30.
Keep Calm And Ask A Librarian T-Shirt. The “Keep Calm” statement works particularly meaningful when you refer to the librarian.
There are several clothing styles to choose from. Unisex, women’s slim form-fitted, and toddler shirts are among them. ⇢ Etsy – $14.99.
Library T-shirt. The typographic design by Risa Rodil features the quote by Jorge Luis Borges: "I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
The design is available on a number of clothing styles, not only t-shirts, but also long sleeves and hoodies. ⇢ Redbubble – $21.99.
Take Me to the Library T-shirt. Bored Walk offers on Etsy a wonderful library artwork that is hand-printed on pre-shrunk, baby soft, light weight, 100% cotton t-shirt.
There are sizes for women (S – 2XL), and men (S – 3XL). Colors to choose from: Black, Heather Gray, White, Charcoal, and Fuchsia. ⇢ Etsy – $19.99.
A Library Assistant T-shirt. A t-shirt from a Magician series by Idakoos says: “I’m a library assistant, not a magician.” Printed with high quality ink on 100% cotton.
This women’s t-shirt is available in five sizes, from S to XL. ⇢ Amazon – $from $9.99.
The Gift of Knowledge. Design by Jeremy Owen shows a surreal image of a boy reading books in a library.
The design comes as regular fit t-shirt, for women and men. Tee color: Navy Blue. Available sizes: from S to XXL. ⇢ Threadless – $12.
Book Lover T-shirt. Design by Lim Heng Swee. An image every book lover knows – now on a t-shirt.
Color: Dark Kelly Green. Regular fit for women and men. Five sizes: from S to 2XL. There is also a version for kids. ⇢ Threadless – $12.
I’d Rather Be Reading T-shirt. Little Atoms offers on Etsy a simple design that is hand-printed on a soft and lightweight tee.
Women’s sizes S, M, L. You can pick up either White or Black ink, on one of the three colors: White, Blue Fog (shown above) or Nikel. ⇢ Etsy – $22.
The Best Channels Since 1465 T-shirt. This clever design, created by Eduardo San Gil, shows a TV set filled with books. ⇢ Threadless – $12.
iRead T-shirt. A simple and minimalist statement for people who love books and technology.
Available on unisex, v-neck, tank top, women’s relaxed fit, among others. You can choose from five t-shirt colors. ⇢ Redbubble – $24.99.
Read To Me T-shirt. Something for smaller book lovers – an organic t-shirt from As Small As Me. Printed on a natural or warm gray (cinder) t-shirt.
Several sizes for kids. You can also order the adult size. ⇢ Etsy – $19.
She Reads Books T-shirt. A beautiful design by Kat Parella, shows Annie Dillard’s quote: “She reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” The artwork works on all dark tee colors. ⇢ Zazzle – from $28.50.
Lit Happens T-shirt. From Writers’ Fort comes a clever t-shirt perfect not only for aspiring authors, but also librarians or avid readers. “One day you sit down in front of your computer and suddenly lit happens.”
For women, men, and kids. Forty colors and over one hundred styles to choose from, including long sleeves and sport t-shirts. ⇢ Zazzle – from $24.95.
The Book Was Better T-shirt. The minimalist design by Android Sheep shows a book lover’s statement: “The book was better.”
The design is hand screen printed on a black super soft t-shirt. Unisex sizes from S to XXL ⇢ Etsy – $20.
Careful or Novel. Label Me Happy offers on Zazzle a simple text-only design in a typewriter font, saying: “Careful or you’ll end up in my novel”.
Shirts for women and men. Up to forty colors to choose from. ⇢ Zazzle – from $16.95.
Freadom Women’s Fitted T-Shirt. A popular word play, in a design by Julie Baldwin, printed on a fitted style American Apparel t-shirt, size up for a looser fit.
Sizes from S to XL. There are five colors to choose from: Black, Kelly Green, Orange (shown above), Asphalt, and Aqua. ⇢ CafePress – $29.99.
Tea Read Sleep Repeat T-shirt. Four ingredients of every book lover’s happiness: tea, books, sleep, repeat.
The design is printed on an American Apparel unisex deep v-neck t-shirt. Sizes to choose from: XS to XL. ⇢ Etsy – $25.
TL;DR Men’s T-shirt. “TL;DR” stands for “too long didn’t read”. There are many tl;dr designs on Zazzle but this one, from Raygun Design, is the coolest. This unisex shirt, by American Apparel, is soft and smooth.
Seven sizes, from XS to 3XL. On Zazzle you’ll find over one hundred apparel styles with this design, for women, men, and kids, including polos, long sleeves, and tank tops. ⇢ Zazzle – from $20.
Bibliophile Cap Sleeve T-shirt. The artwork is hand-printed on a 100% cotton t-shirt.
Women’s sizes from S to XL. ⇢ Etsy – $20.
So Many Books So Little Time T-shirt. A famous quote by Frank Zappa is seen in a design by Kat Parella on a custom contoured women’s bella ringer t-shirt.
There are seven color combinations to choose from. Sizes from S to 2XL. You can pick up from over 190 other clothing styles. ⇢ Zazzle – $22.95.
So Many Books So Little Time T-shirt. The quote from Frank Zappa in an adorable design by Susse.
You can get it on women’s or men’s t-shirt in one of seven colors, including Charcoal Heather shown above. Sizes for women’s relaxed fit t-shirt – from XS to XL. ⇢ Redbubble – $27.
Never Judge a Book by Its Movie T-shirt. “We’ve all been there. The needless action sequences, the shoe-horned in romance plot, the out of character dialogue. For all the nerdy anguish, we have a response: Never judge a book by its movie.”
The artwork is hand screen printed on a 100% cotton super soft black tee. Unisex sizes from S to XXL. There are other gorgeous literary t-shirts in the Android Sheep shop on Etsy. ⇢ Etsy – $20.
Just Books Long Sleeve T-shirt. To The Moon and Back offers on Etsy a series of clothing with “just books” image. Above, you see the women’s long sleeve but there are also unisex and form fitted women’s t-shirts as well.
Women’s sizes from S to 2XL. ⇢ Etsy – $28.
Best literary t-shirts – infographic
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