Despite United Airlines’ best efforts to keep me taxing on the runway, I’m home from ALA with some great designs to share.

Recovering the Classics Project - DescriptionIf any of you were lucky enough to stop by the Moscone Center West on Sunday afternoon, you would have run into the Recovering the Classics display in the open space outside the meeting room area. A collaboration between The Creative Action Network, Harvard Book Store, and Plympton’s DailyLitRecovering the Classics is “a crowdsourced collection of original covers for great works in the public domain.” The Creative Action Network is now working with the New York Public Library and the Digital Public Library of America to bring these covers to ebooks in libraries and schools nationwide.

Gulliver's Travels - Recovering the Classics Project
I’m sharing a few photos of some of my favorite covers on display, but please note, these covers are not CC-licensed to be adapted. Artists maintain copyright for their illustrations and you can purchase prints of your favorite covers through the Creative Action Network (use discount code BEA4LIFE for 10% off your order).

Frankenstein - Recovering the Classics Project

The best part? Anyone can contribute a design! I know how talented our readers are, and would encourage those of you interested in this project to submit your designs to the Creative Action Network.

Jude the Obscure - Recovering the Classics Project