Every great book deserves a great cover. Sadly, many of the greatest classics in the public domain are left with poorly designed or autogenerated covers that fail to capture what makes these books exciting, inspiring, and lasting.
That’s why the we at the Creative Action Network are bringing together illustrators, typographers, and designers of all stripes for Recovering the Classics, our campaign to create beautiful, high-quality covers for 50 of the greatest books in the public domain. With help from our partners at DailyLit and The Harvard Book Store, we’re able to make these covers available as part of high-quality epub files or paperbacks specially printed by the Harvard Book Store.
At a time when battles over copyright are raging, the value of the public domain is clear. We believe that projects like this are an important part of keeping our creative heritage fresh and vibrant. That’s why we’re so excited to bring in new generations of creators to remix, remake, and reimagine art for some of our favorite books.
We’re already well on our way, but we’d love to get as many people involved as possible. We’re currently seeking submissions before the gallery goes public May 27th, and will continue accepting new submissions after that at
We hope you’ll submit a cover or two, and come back to check out the gallery on 5/27!