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  • May 26, 2011

Book Blog: Garden

In last week's Book Blog, I talked about Dayanita Singh's beautiful Send a Letter and the pleasure of books that could never be formatted for the Kindle. This week, we'll talk about another book that is almost in that category: Garden by Japanese comic-book artist Yuichi Yokoyama

Notice anything peculiar about this cover? Hint: it is backwards. Are you asking yourself, "Why?" Yeah, me too. My guess is that it is supposed to mimic a book in Japanese, which would be read from right to left. This is a very strong design choice, one which probably could have been edited out. This book is already difficult to interact with and making the cover overly complicated isn't helping. Even adding a title page or two would have helped to direct the reader. No one should have to struggle to find the beginning of a book.