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Our Cover Designs

The University of Adelaide Press gives a high priority to cover designs. Our belief is that the front cover of a book must:

  • be visually striking to catch the eye
  • embody the core theme of the book
  • inspire people browsing to open the book and investigate further.

Most scholarly book covers, especially those published by the biggest name publishers, are given little attention. The worst ones seem to add an illustration to one block of the cover and the text to another. Our philosophy is form the text and the illustrations together into a sleek and integral design.

The cover artist works closely with the director to produce sometimes dozens of alternatives in the quest to find the final front and inside covers for a book.

This gallery of our cover designs shows how many different options are considered - both for the front cover and for the left and right inside covers. As new titles are published we will add to the galleries.

All these cover designs are by Emma Spoehr.


Cybernationalism in China

New Directions in Dental Anthropology

Six Eclogues by William Barnes

Engaging with Carol Bacchi

Freedom of Religion under Bills of Rights

Heritage Politics in Adelaide

Imagining the Future

Magnesium in the Central Nervous System

Mechanisms of Vascular Disease

Essays in Advocacy

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Barr Smith Library
The University of Adelaide 
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General Enquiries

Phone: +61 8 8313 1721
Fax: +61 8 8313 4369


Further Enquiries

Dr John Emerson

Ms Rebecca Burton
Senior Editor


Ms Zoë Stokes
Book Designer

Ms Julia Keller

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