I find this is quite an interesting talking point, as there is the famous saying ‘never judge a book by it’s cover’, which is meant to speak more metaphorically rather than literally. So, are the choices you make when choosing a book ever slightly based on what the cover looks like… ever… even just a little bit?
I’m am going to admit it, although I am always open to new books from authors I like, and books that have been recommended to me, I will always look at the cover. As a aspiring designer, I also check who has designed the cover as well. has it been designed by a freelance designer, an in-house designer at a publishing company, or pictures just taken from stock images and strung together? Besides, when you are in a bookshop, how do you choose your next favourite read? What makes it jump out among all the rest on the shelf? It’s the cover. Despite the famous saying, every book lover will always pick up a book because the cover has attracted them in some way.
Now, this is not to say we necessarily judge a book by it’s cover, as the words inflict our opinion of the book, but the cover plays a big part in whether we end up reading the book or not. If I see a book in Waterstones, or on Amazon, and the cover looks good, I am more likely to read more about it and decide if I will add it to my TBR list.
I have a strong dislike for stringy romances, all the same with not much of an interesting plot line. I have formed this opinion from reading boring romances, but the thing that really bugs me about these types of books is they all have awful covers. They are all made up of a scruffy title with a typeface straight out of the Microsoft with two white people kissing, sunset gleaming behind them, most likely on a beach. Either that, or a cartoon/drawing of a very similar thing! This automatically deters me from a book, because I relate it directly to the genre I’m not a massive fan of.
Another thing that really bugs me, which I mentioned earlier on, is covers made from stock images. I was recently shocked to realise that the one edition of the Divergent book series uses stock images to make their covers. The designers have taken free images which don’t have any copyright and string them together using Photoshop. They can then add their own photos to the mix as well, and make it look fairly professional. You can always tell if stock images have been used because publishers have to put the designer on the front, and credit what sources they have used.
So what is your opinion on judging books by covers, or using them to choose your next favourite read? What about bad book covers? And stock images? I’d love to hear what you all think 🙂