Detail of cover art by Victoria Fernandez for Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy. Image Courtesy of Recovering the Classics

BiblioTech, Bexar County’s free, all-digital library, allows readers to experience the world’s greatest books from the comfort of their computers, e-readers or the nearest BiblioTech branch. The digitization technology has made great literature accessible to readers throughout the world, but it has also resulted in the loss of great book covers that are hastily created to fit digital measurements.

BiblioTech will represent the state of Texas in the “Recovering the Classics” campaign, a national initiative that invites artists, illustrators and creative individuals to reimagine the covers of 100 classic books such as Call of the Wild by Jack London, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley,and The Time Machine by HG Wells, with an updated, redesigned face.

Artists of all ages are invited to submit their cover design for this campaign. The competition guidelines require designers to create “original artwork using the key themes and features from the book.”

For a complete list of the public domain books, click here.

The campaign aims to “make more engaging cover art for the top 100 public domain titles,” said BiblioTech Head Librarian Ashley Eklof. “This will ensure that these great classics continue to find their way into the hands of readers.”

The contest will accept submissions from March 14- July 1, and the winning designs will be announced on Twitter and Facebook on July 15.  The winning covers will also be displayed inside the digital library’s locations at Pleasanton and Zarzamora throughout the month of August, and the new covers will be used on BiblioTech’s existing collection of  public domain ebooks. To learn more about the campaign’s guidelines and art specifications, click here.
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Top Image: Detail of cover art by Victoria Fernandez for Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy. Image Courtesy of Recovering the Classics

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Lea Thompson

Lea Thompson, a former reporter at the Rivard Report, is a Texas native who has lived in Houston, Austin and San Antonio. She enjoys exploring new food and culture events.