I was reading Pitchfork’s Worst Album Covers article, and wondered if a similar list could be compiled for programming books? OK, so coming up with ‘not very interesting’ programming book covers is a bit too easy, but there are many that make you think “Huh? Why?”.
Here are some examples of the kind of thing I mean. In particular, pretty much all of the Wrox and Manning programming books follow the themes above (the first two on the left).
The Wrox ones in particular worry me. Credit where it’s due, and all that, but do we really need the author(s) on the front cover? It’s hard enough walking up to the attractive sales person with a computer programming book, without it having a picture of a 50 year old bearded man staring out from the cover.
Why can’t we have something cool, but still ambiguously relevant, on the front? Maybe some impressive extreme sports might work; Perl books could have Extreme Diving, C could have Extreme Yachting (for poor phonetic reasons only) and .NET technologies could have Extreme board games; maybe Monopoly?
Have you come across any dodgy book covers? Let me know.