Books with Innovative Book Design / Structure

A list of books whose book designs or inherent literary structure pushed limits at the time of their publication, or whose book designs are well-known for their incredible artistry.
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3.97 avg rating — 397,898 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 80,146 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 3,593 ratings
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3.79 avg rating — 87,717 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 46,592 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 55,674 ratings
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3.79 avg rating — 20,900 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 1,276,163 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 68,703 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 2,007,861 ratings
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3.73 avg rating — 116,733 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 8,160 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 14,983 ratings
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3.21 avg rating — 5,367 ratings
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18

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3.88 avg rating — 35,274 ratings
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19

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4.25 avg rating — 132,184 ratings
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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 1,015,675 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 638,347 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 345,464 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 174,838 ratings
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24

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4.17 avg rating — 5,927 ratings
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25

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4.31 avg rating — 6,665 ratings
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26

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4.22 avg rating — 33,660 ratings
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27

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3.73 avg rating — 19,767 ratings
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28

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3.59 avg rating — 5,454 ratings
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29

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3.52 avg rating — 2,030 ratings
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30

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3.67 avg rating — 185,552 ratings
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31

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3.88 avg rating — 44,127 ratings
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4.35 avg rating — 2,979 ratings
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33

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3.86 avg rating — 163,935 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 180,290 ratings
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35

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3.67 avg rating — 3,643 ratings
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36

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3.89 avg rating — 172,027 ratings
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37

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3.79 avg rating — 241,890 ratings
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38

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4.08 avg rating — 4,851 ratings
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39

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3.74 avg rating — 185,556 ratings
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40

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3.97 avg rating — 5,533 ratings
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41

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4.25 avg rating — 820,804 ratings
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42

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3.92 avg rating — 107 ratings
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43

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4.34 avg rating — 854 ratings
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44

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4.51 avg rating — 3,208 ratings
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45

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4.35 avg rating — 301,607 ratings
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46

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3.87 avg rating — 68,045 ratings
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47

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4.31 avg rating — 19,018 ratings
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48

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4.95 avg rating — 20 ratings
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49

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3.56 avg rating — 44,770 ratings
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50

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3.86 avg rating — 5,695 ratings
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51

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3.72 avg rating — 151 ratings
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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 518,915 ratings
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53

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4.19 avg rating — 10,219 ratings
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54

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3.68 avg rating — 96,229 ratings
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55

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3.98 avg rating — 533 ratings
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56

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3.90 avg rating — 927 ratings
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57

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3.67 avg rating — 11,849 ratings
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58

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3.56 avg rating — 80 ratings
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59

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3.72 avg rating — 143,432 ratings
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60

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4.24 avg rating — 181,121 ratings
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61

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3.90 avg rating — 63,495 ratings
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62

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3.89 avg rating — 34,813 ratings
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63

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4.58 avg rating — 1,234 ratings
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64

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4.01 avg rating — 205 ratings
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65

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3.67 avg rating — 21,695 ratings
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4.68 avg rating — 73 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 54 ratings
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68

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3.76 avg rating — 247,970 ratings
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3.66 avg rating — 19,899 ratings
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70

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3.62 avg rating — 700 ratings
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3.73 avg rating — 27,363 ratings
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72

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3.87 avg rating — 48,384 ratings
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73

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3.81 avg rating — 54,826 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 29,622 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 1,345 ratings
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76

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4.23 avg rating — 159,164 ratings
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77

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4.02 avg rating — 308,171 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 30,903 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 54,665 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 5,556 ratings
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81

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3.71 avg rating — 757 ratings
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82

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3.82 avg rating — 16,297 ratings
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83

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3.81 avg rating — 21 ratings
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84

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4.32 avg rating — 326 ratings
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84

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4.08 avg rating — 1,523 ratings
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84

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4.71 avg rating — 17 ratings
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84

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4.20 avg rating — 9,970 ratings
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88

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4.11 avg rating — 38 ratings
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4.59 avg rating — 64 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 8,983 ratings
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91

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3.84 avg rating — 4,312 ratings
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92

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4.14 avg rating — 273 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 3,786 ratings
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94

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4.25 avg rating — 61 ratings
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95

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4.38 avg rating — 132 ratings
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96

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3.83 avg rating — 89,945 ratings
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97

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3.92 avg rating — 320 ratings
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98

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4.17 avg rating — 9,109 ratings
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3.63 avg rating — 1,337 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 131,303 ratings
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291 books · 517 voters · list created October 5th, 2010 by Aaron Dietz (votes) .
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Aaron 734 books
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Kristin 673 books
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Victoria 78 books
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Riona 1905 books
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message 1: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Why isn't the book Night Fim on this list? It should definitely be added!


message 2: by Aaron (new)

Aaron Dietz Night Film? Agreed, it looks terrific! I haven't read it yet, but I've added it to the list. You can add books, too, and/or vote for them/others to move them up in the order. Thanks for mentioning Night Film!


message 3: by Michelle (new)

Michelle I haven't actually read these books yet, but they certainly have intriguing design. There's Tristano, a novel that is printed in different order every copy, and also 10,000 Ghost Stories.
It doesn't look like Tristano is all that well received, but that's not a criteria, is it?


message 4: by Aaron (new)

Aaron Dietz Well received or actually being good is not a criteria--I imagine this to be a list of books pushing boundaries and often those are failed experiments (in terms of final impact) yet still great opportunities for others to study them and learn from them. Thanks for the comment!


message 5: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl I'm not sure "The Road" really pushed boundaries, at least at the time it was published. Maybe it would have in the 19th century. What does it do besides not use quotation marks for dialogue?


message 6: by Aaron (new)

Aaron Dietz Thanks, Lobstergirl, I haven't read it myself. Do you recommend I remove it?


message 7: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Yes, I don't really think it's innovative in terms of design or structure. It's a good book though.


message 8: by Aaron (new)

Aaron Dietz Yeah, I've been very much meaning to read it, but...being already familiar with the story it's hard to get excited about it. Thanks for the tip! I'll remove it from the list.


message 9: by Aaron (new)

Aaron Dietz Oh, looks like the joke's on me--I can only remove the books I voted for, which probably still only removes the vote I contributed. So it looks like this book is here to stay. Working on an experimental fiction course, though, and I'll definitely remove it from the list of works for students. Thanks again!


message 10: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Not sure that Eating animals by Jonathan Safran Foer belongs on this list... I haven't read it though, so perhaps it does.


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