Our oldest books are works of art. Bound in supple leather and painstakingly copied by scribes. Then came the first printing presses and books became streamlined in appearance. Later came bigger presses and books became cheap enough for ordinary people.
When I was little dust jackets were there to protect the book cover underneath. Both the cover and dust jacket usually bore the same print.
Tonight I found myself (again) putting the dust jacket on a shelf to protect it. Because nowadays the cover is only printed on the jacket. The book underneath is plain. It’s cheaper to print that way.
The cover outside
Says nothing of the inside
Of books or people