Tom Gauld’s beautiful illustration “Fall Library” graces the cover of this week’s New Yorker. Interestingly, he reports considering two covers: one in which the reader is holding an e-book and this one with the paper book. In an interview with the New Yorker (here) he said he ultimately decided to go with the paper book: “I think the fact that she’s holding one of her millions of books is what’s nice.”
It’s no surprise that I prefer the chosen cover. It just seems more cozy, and celebrates our continued love affair with the paper book.
The e-reader cover is a sign of the times though, and raises some interesting questions: Has the reader turned her back on her books, preferring the convenience of the e-reader? Is her library doomed, or will paper books and e-books co-exist happily?
Which cover do you prefer?