Monday, July 20, 2009

Cover Judges

Yet another questions stolen from the archives of Booking Through Thursdays. (see side bar for link)

They say, "Don't judge a book by it's cover." But how much does the design of a book affect your reading enjoyment? Hardcover vs. softcover? Font? Illustrations? Etc.?

When it comes to reading or enjoying a story, I really don't care what's on the cover. However, when I am looking to buy a book, I almost always choose hard cover. They last longer and they look better on the shelf. And I do admit that when walking past the book isle in the grocery store, a unique picture has been known to catch my eye and lure me over to read what the book is about. Very rarely does it get me to buy the book though. So over all, I'd say I don't judge a story by it's cover, but I do judge a book by one.

Do you judge books by their covers?


Sharon in KY said...

I may be attracted to a book by its cover, but I judge the book by its content. Even when a cover attracts me, I rarely purchase it; I just appreciate the cover. It is the backs of books, the summaries in catalogs, the word-of-mouth, the book lists at the end of a book I enjoyed that gets me to purchase a new book...not the cover design.

Mrs. Mordecai said...

What I can't stand is editions of books that I love that have awful-looking covers! By changing the cover, a classic becomes a lurid romance novel, or a charming '30s vintage piece becomes a hideous cheap '70s reprint.

Oh, yes. Although they don't change what's inside, to me, covers matter.