Fantastic post today by Roger Bruner. Writers and non-writers, what are your thoughts? How much does a cover matter in choosing your next read?
What do you think? Can you–or anyone else–actually judge a book fairly by its cover?
I think a more reasonable question is whether any of us can fail to let a book cover affect our decision to at least look at the back cover copy and possibly open the book and read the first few paragraphs.
Yes, there are exceptions. A hideously covered book may have been recommended to us by someone whose opinion we find to usually be in line with our own. Or the cover on the new book by our favorite author may be what we consider awful. In cases like those, our eyes may not see the front cover as a stop sign. And I don’t recall seeing Bibles with covers that would draw readers in; those covers tend to be pretty plain.
I doubt that any publisher fails to at least ask an author for…
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