Let’s talk about Book Covers

The saying goes to “never judge a book by its cover” but lets be honest here, I’m sure that is what all of us have done on a number of occasions. I have mentioned in a couple of my blog posts about how I love pretty book covers and that got me thinking, do pretty covers determine what we decide to read?

I recently ran a couple of polls on my Twitter account to back me up on this assumption. I had asked my followers the below questions and out of 100 the resuots were as follows:-

  1. Do you judge books by their covers?
    83% voted Yes and 17% voted No.
  2. How likely is it for you to purchase a book that has a brilliant and beautiful/striking color?
    97 % voted Very Likely and 3% voted Not So Much
  3. What is the first thing that you see that makes you decide you want to buy a book?
    37% voted for the Book Cover Design, 56% voted for Blurb & Synopsis and 7% voted for Name of the Book.
  4. If a book by an indie or new author does not have an attractive cover would you still buy it?
    59% votes Yes and 41% voted No.
  5. If a book by an already established author has a bad cover would that stop you from buying it?
    26% voted Yes and 74% voted No.
  6. Would you consider it “Lazy Publishing” if a book has a shoddy cover design that isn’t in any way related to the book?
    100% voted Yes.

I did speak to a few of my followers who responded to my little survey and many said that it is plays an important role. A good book cover determines if a book is picked up by a buyer or if the buyer walks by without giving it a second glance. While a the book cover isn’t the only thing that makes a person decide whether they buy/borrow/ want to read a particular book, it does play an important role in grabbing their attention first.

Think of it as a marketing tool. A colorful cover with the right font and imagery that stands out among the other books increases the chance of that book getting picked up. And why is that? It’s because our brains are pre-wired to think that anything that looks “pretty” is good. This whole scenario reminds of another saying i.e “all that glitters is not gold” but we are made to think that way.

Personally, a book cover plays an important role in determining what I want to read. I once had a book where the cover was really drab and that really did change the way I approached the book. A good cover makes me feel that the publishers/authors put in an effort in the book. It sparks my interest in the story.

So what does a good book cover consist off? To me a good book cover should have the following qualities –

  • Colour Schemes – Bright, funky and contrasting colours that are pleasing to look at.
  • Fonts – Clear and crisp fonts and lettering.
  • Imagery – Pictures that relate to the story or pictures that tell us the story
  • Textures – Bonus points for additional textures and metallic engravings

So what do you think about book covers? Is it important? Let me know!

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25 thoughts on “Let’s talk about Book Covers

  1. I’m definitely guilty of judging a book by its cover. Although for me, I feel like I make a decision on whether I want to read it or not based on the cover. If the cover looks great, I’ll read the synopsis. If the synopsis sounds great, then I’ll read it. If not, then it’s just a pretty cover and I may not read it unless someone else recommends it.

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  2. I am so guilty of buying books because of the cover! There will always be so many books I probably would love but never read because of the cover! Though if I don’t like the synopsis I wouldn’t just read it because the cover looks cool. Genres and plot play a role in my book buying!

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  3. I’m so guilty of judging a book by its cover. I go so far as to buy books on Kindle if the cover is ugly because I don’t want it on my shelves 😂 I definitely think book covers are important – they reflect the content inside. If the cover doesn’t grab my attention, I always wonder whether the content inside will. It needs to be eye-catching and engaging, because if you’re looking at it in a bookshop or library, it needs to catch your eye before the other books do!

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      1. Yes, I suppose what I meant and didn’t articulate well was that a great cover design gets me picking up a book I might otherwise walk past to determine if the blurb, first page, author, etc is for me. It’s like a good first impression.

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  4. I grew up in a book-orientated household and by going to my maternal grandparents’ house. I can’t tell you the amount of times I heard this as a child and it took me until my second year of university (college) to realise that I’d be doing this unconsciously my entire life.

    As a writer, I now realise the importance of this even more. I know when I get to point where I’m going to be published, whether I go down the traditional published or self-published route, the book cover is going to be one of the most important things. It’s the first thing someone sees when they look at a book, and as a reader, I like ones that pop or are interesting to look at or make me think about the book in a way the blurb didn’t.

    Thanks for writing this post. I think it’s something important authors need to think about

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    1. Yes!! Sometimes I feel in order to save money on publishing authors don’t invest in a good cover which is sad. As a reader that is what I see first and determines whether I pick up or book or not. So glad you liked this post!

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  5. Unless a book is by an author I already know and enjoy reading, then a book cover is the one thing that draws me to a book before anything else. I wouldn’t buy a book if the blurb didn’t interest me after I read it, but it IS the cover that definitely draws me in first 🙂

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      1. We shouldn’t really be so judgemental with books but i guess it is a big factor in what we will buy. We can always make a conscious choice though to look at books with covers we don’t like, but there’s no denying that a beautiful cover can just draw your attention to it, no matter how good or bad the book is inside.

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  6. The saying don’t judge a book by its cover is sooo false. A lot of thought gets put into the way a book cover is designed and since I am an airhead who is easily lured in by pretty things, I mainly pick which book I want to read based off of its cover. A while ago I stopped reading synopsis blurbs because a whole bunch that I had read spoiled the book for me, so now I solely pick up books based on the cover and reviews from fellow bloggers.

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  7. Personally I don’t care about the cover much, the story is more important to me! But I don’t mind a pretty cover 😉 my favorite book cover is “Calling Magic” – the color, font & tiny illustrations are amazing! Have a wonderful day ❤

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  8. I would definitely fall under the category to judge a book by it’s cover. Often, it slaps me on the face with pathetic books wrapped in beautiful covers. I have so many good books with such horrible covers that I wonder why did the author bother with the cover at all.

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  9. I admit to being a sucker for a good book cover. I’ve had them catch my eye from across the room before, and because of that, ended up discovering a great book I maybe would have never found otherwise.

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