Trend Watch: 3D Book Covers

Exciting news for science fiction nerds in the UK (or anyone in the US willing to pay for international shipping): Vintage Books is releasing special editions of five classics — Planet of the Apes, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Lost World, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, and The Call of Cthulhu — with 3D covers. Thanks to our friends at Boing Boing, you can get a first look at the illustrations above.

As Suzanne Dean, the designer of the series, explained to them, part of the challenge was making sure the covers would appeal to customers in the shop sans glasses: “We asked them to think about the colours that don’t react when putting on the 3D specs — black and yellow. The image would come towards the viewer or move away from the viewer, depending on whether you placed the red tone to the right or left of the blue tone.” How do you think they did? And could you see this catching on with other titles?