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Dear Author,

Most of us choose the next book we read based on its cover. Although most designers have the best intentions at heart when designing your book cover, sometimes, external elements turn the end result into a not so pretty work of art.

Having an ugly book cover is worse than no book cover at all.Click To TweetHere is a collection of the worst designed book covers in no special order:

Blut Dursting

This cover is simply strange. Not to mention the odd illustration and text positioning. Nothing beats a vampire with a human head.

Games You Can Play With Your Pussy

Is another uninspired wording for the title. Not to mention that the pussy looks kind of bored.

Lord of Thunder

The cover illustration is simply too much. looks like the cat is about to punish everyone. Is his name Thunder?

Harpo’s Horrible Secret

Who is Harpo? Hopefully not the creepy old man.

World Without Men

Her eyes are more misterious than the smile of Mona Lisa.

A Secret Encounter

… with a garbage can. We must give the designer credit for the use of typography

Moment of Truth

Can she handle the “hard” truth? Or is she just looking for change in his pocket?

The Pocket Book of Boners

While the intention is good, both the title and the design are out of place.

How to Have Sex in the Woods

Is there a sequel coming out soon.

Of Salt and Sand

The perfect example of how not to design a book cover. Cliparts, shapes, photos and all kind of effects all thrown together won’t make a good cover.

It’s Easy To Play Classical Themes

Another sample in the “kinky” book covers collection.

The Best Dad Is A Good Lover

While the author intentions are good, the title coupled with the cover image gives this cover a perverse tone.

Gay Knights & Horny Heroes

Looks like the gay version of The Abduction from the Seraglio. I do apreciate the detail and illustration’s quality.

Old Tractors

There are not many options to illustrate a book about tractors, but I think the artist could have done better.


Me – Tarzan, you – Cheetah. It seems that Cheetah really enjoys Tarzan’s lovingly gaze.

Everything I Know about Women I Learned From My Tractor

Maybe that’s why there is no woman in the image.

The Princess Bride

If that is a real princess, I will never call my daughter “princess” again.


Looks like the advantages are worth all the pain. Now, seriously, is this rally a cover? Would you buy something like this?

Night Visions

Hopefully you won’t read this at night and don’t keep it on the nightstand.

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz

“We’re not in Kansas anymore…” get’s a whole new meaning.

Still Stripping After 25 Years

She’s still young and ready to rock the pole.

That’s all for now.

If you have any suggestions for ugly covers you want me to include in this article, just post them (the url of the image) in the comments section.

Warm regards,
Ovi Dogar, Your Cover Guy