Many users miss in the new-technology reading the touch of a history, embodied in the old good hard cover book.
Therefore, any initiatives that try to recreate the beauty of the vintage book are awaited by book lovers around the world.
We’ve already shared many examples of book-style covers, but this collection is very special.
Offered by Big Strawberry, the UK-based designer & manufacturer of exclusive e-reader and tablet accessories, the collection includes 26 gorgeous vintage covers. They are original reproductions of the designs from The British Library, the national library of the United Kingdom holding 170 million items from many countries.
We show our picks in the gallery below. You’ll see here a cover of A Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne. Or a wonderful art deco edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, published in the U.S. in the 1920s. The cover of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling was illustrated by Maurice and Edward Detmold for an edition published in 1908.
The covers are not tailored for specific tablet or e-reader models. Instead, the Big Strawberry offers three universal sizes. You’ll find a fit for your Kindle Paperwhite or Kobo Touch, as well as Amazon Fire models, and obviously the iPad.
The handy size guide is a good reference:
The covers cost from £25 to £35, depending on the size option. The e-reader size is the cheapest. For the iPad edition you’ll pay £35.
Each case is handmade in Essex, England. Traditional bookbinding techniques are combined with modern methods and materials, to achieve the amazing result seen on the pictured below.
The British Library e-readers and tablet covers
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. This exclusive British Library device cover is an authentic reproduction of a 1905 edition of Daniel Defoe’s 1719 classic castaway adventure.
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. An authentic reproduction of the 1906 edition of the “first American fairy tale”.
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. The cover was illustrated by twins Maurice and Edward Detmold and published in 1908.
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle. The third of Sherlock Holmes novels, was published in 1902 with the original cover shown above.
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift. This cover art appeared in 1886 edition, and was illustrated by VJ Poinson.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. This art deco edition was published in the USA in the 1920s.
A Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne. This gorgeous cover comes from an 1891 English edition.
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