“The Art of Cover Design” with top Random House book designers

It feels sort of needlessly complicated, like turning on the vacuum cleaner and going and finding a piece of dirt. You don’t have to redesign the jacket; the jackets have been designed. This feels arbitrary, like taking a piece of wood and wrapping it in paper.
—  Designer Chipp Kidd, in the New York Times, on the phenomenon of wrapping books in new covers for purely decorative purposes.