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by Bethany Maines 


Courtesy @bilbliophilealley

For those not on Instagram you may be slightly mystified by
the term “bookstagram” that has popped up recently in book circles. Instagram,
land of a thousand hashtags, has spawned a beautiful and glorious trend in book
circles: photographing books.  It’s
hardly revolutionary, but as a graphic designer who has long thought that book
covers are an underrated art form, I am all in. 
Bookstagram spans a wide variety of looks – from the simple “what I’m
reading” to the carefully curated wishful thinking lifestyle shots, bookstagram
runs the gamut of what can be done with books. 
I have also recently started experimenting with my own
books. It’s fun to experiment with
different props and filters to make insta-art. I think what I learned quite promptly is that lighting is
everything.  Getting a good light source
that doesn’t make a glare on the book cover seems to be the hardest part.  Why are book covers so shiny?!
Are you on Instagram? 
Do you need more books and dog photos in your life, then follow me:
Bethany Maines is the author of the Carrie Mae Mystery Series, San
Juan Islands Mysteries
, Shark Santoyo
Crime Series
, and numerous short stories. When she’s not traveling to
exotic lands, or kicking some serious butt with her fifth degree black belt in
karate, she can be found chasing her daughter or glued to the computer working
on her next novel. You can also catch up with her on YouTube,
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and BookBub.

Celebrating Pretty Books

by J.M. Phillippe

There is nothing quite like seeing your book in print for the first time. I adore eBooks, and am just as thrilled when someone buys a digital version of my books as when they buy a print one, but actually seeing my books in print does something to me that seeing it digitally just doesn’t do. In print, it’s tangible, solid. My first memories of books were of course the print kind, and seeing my words as I flip through the pages feels magical.

I am particularly excited because today, the print version of my latest book, The Glitter of Gold, a space age retelling of Rumpelstiltskin and part of the Galactic Dreams Volume 2 boxed set, is being released, and I can’t wait for folks to see it because the inside is just so pretty!

 I love all the details inside the book, from the font choices to the additional little illustrations found in the section and chapter headings. A quality design can really add something to the way a reader experiences a book, and I am super excited for the experience that readers will have with this book.

Maybe Bookstagram (taking pretty photos of books for Instagram or other social media) has made me even more aware of just how pretty books can be, but lately I have been thrilled to see what designers are doing to help add to the experience of readers investing money (and shelf space!) on print editions.

So here’s to pretty books — may the stories they contain be just as memorable!


J.M. Phillippe is the author of the novels Perfect Likeness and The Christmas Spirit, the sci-fairy tales Aurora One and The Glitter of Gold (part of the Galactic Dreams boxed sets) and the short stories The Sight and Plane Signals. She has lived in the deserts of California, the suburbs of Seattle, and the mad rush of New York City. She works as a clinical social worker in Brooklyn, New York and spends her free time binge-watching quality TV, drinking cider with amazing friends, and learning the art of radical self-acceptance, one day at a time.