We're often told not to judge a book by its cover, but that's getting more and more difficult in a time where our Kindles automatically start us off at the first chapter. Craig Mod, formerly of Flipboard, has posted an essay that acknowledges the cover's demise while pointing to the way ahead for digital design. Mod ultimately argues that the design, typography, and art of covers should permeate through the entire product in a way that traditionally hasn't been done with print.
The cover as we know it really is - gasp - ‘dead.' But it's dead because the way we touch digital books is different than the way we touch physical books. And once you acknowledge that, useful corollaries emerge.