JUDGED BY THE COVER: Southern Cross University Lismore campus library manager Alison Slocombe with two of the books in the Australian Book Design Awards sponsored by the university.
JUDGED BY THE COVER: Southern Cross University Lismore campus library manager Alison Slocombe with two of the books in the Australian Book Design Awards sponsored by the university. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Book Lovers: You'll love the Gallery Walk at SCU

KINDLE devices may be the flavour of the day when it comes to cheaper books faster.

But there's a certain romance to a living book, with its crisp pages and hard cover, that is like nothing else.

Part of that romance factor is the design - one of the reasons many people still treasure old-fashioned books.

For book lovers who would like to wallow in the smell and touch of a beautiful book, there's something special happening at Southern Cross University's Lismore Learning Centre Gallery Walk.

For the first time, SCU is hosting this year's winners of the Australian Book Design Awards.

"They are like artworks," said Lismore Campus library manager Alison Slocombe.

"They are all beautifully designed and people who visit the exhibition are allowed to touch them and look through them."

SCU Library partnered with 20 other universities to create an Australian Academic Design Libraries group that sponsored two book award categories: the Best Designed Educational Primary/Secondary Book and Best Designed Educational Tertiary Book award for 2015.

These were Total Food 2, designed by Kim Ferguson, Aisling Gallagher and Sue Dani, and Consumer Behaviour in Action, designed by Regine Abos.



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