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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.