University Press of Kansas displaying award winning book designs

From iPads to Kindles, it seems like everyone is talking about e-books these days. But despite their growing popularity ó and convenience ó these electronic devices still canít capture the creativity that goes into designing a great-looking book. For that, one still needs to pick up the book and appreciate it up close.

Thanks to a travelling exhibit at the University Press of Kansas this month, area book lovers will have an opportunity to flip through and study this yearís award-winning designs from books published by the nationís scholarly presses.

The annual traveling exhibit, which features winners of the 2010 Association of American University Presses Book, Jacket and Journal Show, will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays today through April 8 at the University Press of Kansas, 2502 Westbrooke Circle. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The 2010 exhibit features 57 books and journals and 40 jackets and covers. The judging was separated into categories of scholarly or trade typographic and illustrated, poetry and literature, reference and journal. Winners were selected from 281 books, 286 jackets and covers and eight journals published in 2009 that were submitted by university presses. The jurors chose books for superior layout of typography or illustration; jackets and journals were judged for outstanding overall design.

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