The competition held by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, The Most Beautiful Swiss Books of the year, has in fact become a seismograph of current trends and tendencies in contemporary book design and production, while also looking back on a substantial and significant history. Two new members have joined the international jury chaired by Cornel Windlin: Lars Müller
(publisher) and Piär Amrein (bookbinder and lecturer). Of the 395 titles submitted to the 2008 competition, 32 books
were selected on the basis of idea and concept, graphic design, typography, quality of the printing and binding, use of materials, and overall impression.