What is Bookface?
It is the trick of lining up a book cover with a part of a persons face or body, or with an object, or a place. The objective is to make it seem like the book cover and subject are one.
How is it done?
Generally you need 3 people; the model, the photographer and the book holder.
The model stands still in the required pose and the book holder stands between model and photographer and holds the book at the position in order to align everything. (Requires lots of ‘move left’, ‘move right’, ‘higher’, etc.)
How do you find a good bookface book?
This is an opportunity for inner craziness to take over!
Primarily, look for covers that are bright with a picture that runs off the edge of the cover. At least a portion of a face or body must be be cut off so that you can align it to your model.
We often look for book covers with titles that we can have fun with and work it into the caption when uploading to Instagram. We like to tie the bookface to an upcoming event at the library, or use it to highlight an area of our service.
The goal is to have fun with our collection and it is a happy bonus if someone recognises that book on the shelf one day and decides to borrow it or thinks that cover looks interesting - i'd like to read it!