Simon & Schuster held a competition to redesign the cover of Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451. Here’s one of the entries:

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From the statement by designer Elizabeth Perez:

Fahrenheit 451 is a novel about a dystopian future where books are outlawed and firemen burn any house that contains them. The story is about suppressing ideas, and about how television destroys interest in reading literature.

I wanted to spread the book-burning message to the book itself. The book’s spine is screen-printed with a matchbook striking paper surface, so the book itself can be burned.

Back in 1953, Ballantine Books issued a limited first run signed by the author and bound in asbestos…but this one will burn up about $20,000 of your savings…

What are you reading this weekend?

[h/t to Flavorwire for the lead in to the original story…]

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