Through Nov. 29 at the AIGA National Design Center in New York, 164 Fifth Ave., are the winners of the 2004 "50 Books/50 Covers" competition, recognizing excellence in book design and production in categories ranging from trade, reference and juvenile books to university and museum publications. Seen here are some of those winners, led by The Vatican to Vegas: A History of Special Effects, The New Press, Alan Hill Design, New York, illustration by Giovanni Paolo Panini. In the PDF: 2) Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art, University of California Press, designed by Green Dragon, Los Angeles. 3) Cheap Laffs: The Art of the Novelty Item, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., designed by PictureBox, New York. 4) The Best Thing About Being a Bird, Dimi Press, Sullivan Design, Provo, Utah. 5) A Changed Man, HarperCollins, designed by Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich. 6) The Fate of the Nation State, McGill-Queen's University Press, Salamander Hill Design, Athelstan, Quebec. See www.aiga.org for more.