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Count to 20 Using Book Jackets

One to Twenty: A Visual Journey Through Book Covers

Count to 20 Using Book Jackets

One to Twenty: A Visual Journey Through Book Covers

Why would an author use a number in their book’s title? In fiction, numbers in titles evoke curiosity and create a sense of specificity or urgency, enticing potential readers with a clear concept. With nonfiction books, numbers convey a sense of order, structure, or quantifiable information, adding depth to the book’s thesis. Here are 20 book covers that use numbers in their titles. Explore the tag “numbers” for other examples.

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One Day

Author: Gene Weingarten

Two Nurses, Smoking

Author: David Means

Designer: Alex Merto

Three Fires

Author: Denise Mina

Four Hundred Souls

Author: Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain

Designer: Kishan Rajani

Five Tuesdays in Winter

Author: A.K. Blakemore

Designer: Kelly Winton

The Six

Author: Sarah Rose Etter

Designer: Natalia Olbinski

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida

Author: Shehan Karunatilaka

Eight Bears

Author: Gloria Dickie

Designer: Pete Garceau

Nine Perfect Strangers

Author: Liane Moriarty

Ten Bridges I’ve Burnt

Author: Brontez Purnell

Designer: Na Kim

Station Eleven

Author: Mona Simpson

Designer: Abby Weintraub

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

Author: Ayana Mathis

Thirteen Tunnels

Author: Suzanne Samples

Fourteen Days

Editor: Margaret Atwood

Fifteen Dogs

Author: Andre Alexis

Sixteen Horses

Author: Greg Buchanan


Author: Hideo Yokoyama

Designer: Alex Merto


Author: Alice Loxton

Nineteen Claws And A Black Bird

Author: Agustina Bazterrica

The Twenty

Author: Sam Holland

5 Tips to Follow When Coming Up With A Number-Forward Book Title

  1. Be specific and relevant: Ensure that the number you use in the title accurately represents the content of your book. Whether it’s a specific number of tips, steps, years, or examples, make sure it aligns with the main theme or concept of your book.
  2. Keep it simple: Stick to single digits or straightforward numerical sequences that are easy to understand at a glance.
  3. Use odd numbers: Research suggests that odd numbers tend to be more attention-grabbing and memorable than even numbers. Consider using odd numbers in your title to make it stand out and pique curiosity.
  4. Consider symbolism: Certain numbers may carry symbolic significance, so consider incorporating numbers that hold relevance to your book’s subject matter or target audience. For example, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People uses the number seven to imply completeness or perfection.
  5. Avoid overusing clichés: While numbers can add intrigue to a title, be cautious not to rely too heavily on clichéd phrases or formulas (e.g., “101 Ways to…”). Instead, strive for creativity and originality to make your title stand out in a crowded market.

Finding A Professional Cover Designer for Your Numerical Book Cover

When you’re ready to bring on a book cover designer, a professional will pay attention to how the number is visually presented in your title. An experienced pro will experiment with different fonts, sizes, and styles to ensure that the number enhances the overall design and aesthetic appeal of your book cover. Trust a design expert to effectively incorporate numbers into your book title to make it more engaging, memorable, and reflective of your book’s content. Platforms like the “I Need A Book Cover” Job Board have made it easier for authors to find and collaborate with talented, professional designers like the ones listed in this article. Find your cover designer today!

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