Usually, when we go to bookstores and want to buy a book we often tend to use those that inspire us the most. Surely the first criterion of choice is the cover. Let’s face it, if we don’t like it we are not at all projected to the idea of buying the book or even just to read the introduction or the back cover.
If it’s beautiful, we almost always sit down for a moment and browse it until we decide, regardless of the content, to buy it. Despite this, there are many books with bad covers that contain beautiful stories but that, unfortunately, are not valued.
Once someone said “never judge a book by its cover” and for this reason, Livia Satriano, a creator of editorial and social media content, decided to create Libri Belli, a page on Instagram where she collects and shares the most beautiful covers that capture the attention of Italian books of the twentieth century.
Literary products of various kinds are promoted, from non-fiction to fiction and music. These are selected on the basis of what immediately catches the eye, from eye-catching graphics to illustrations and color associations. Livia’s idea is to rediscover the classics of literature that have not become famous and make them somehow – as far as she can – justice. This initiative has been very successful so much so as to count a following of about 17.5 thousand followers on the page and about 800 posts. Moreover, thanks to this project, he was able to collaborate with Sprint Milano, Printville, and Artefiera, create two temporary shops, curate and organize exhibitions.
Within the profile, he proposes different formats such as the monthly column “Libri Belli di …” in which personalities from the world of publishing, design, and creativity tell their three favorite Libri Belli (Beautiful Books). It also shares new interpretations in a modern key of covers created by graphic designers and illustrators. In each content, in addition to the image of the book, the description also includes the title, the year of publication and a mini-comment/description.
Text by Anna Cardaci