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Do you choose a book solely by the cover?

Book covers… A constant source of discussion among book lovers! How important is a good cover design for you? And have you ever picked up a book only because of its cover?

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Thoughts on Book Covers…

So, today’s question is about book covers. Now, I just have to throw the old saying in the mix here, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. But it’s actually quite fun to do exactly that!

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You see, I love picking books only by the cover and title. It can be awesome to go in “blind”, not knowing where the story will take me. The job of summaries is to let you know what you can expect from a book, so there’s often some level of spoiler in there if you like.

When I go into a story without any prior knowledge (other than genre, cover, and title), I can appreciate the bigger plot development much more. While, when I know the summary or bigger plot points, I focus more on details, on smaller steps that take us there. It feels like two very different ways of approaching a book and I enjoy both.

That being said, I only pick my books by the cover in my audiobook subscriptions. If I don’t like it, it’s not much of a waste to just DNF. When I buy a book or consider a review copy, I always read the blurbs and some reviews, to make sure I know what I should expect.

What do the Book Bloggers think…

But what about my fellow book bloggers? Do you ever choose books solely by the cover?


Jo Linsdell www.JoLinsdell.com

Whilst I’d love to say I never judge a book by it’s cover, I’d be lying. I’ve grabbed several books based solely on the cover design in the past. If a book has a good cover design it’s much more likely to catch my eye.

Becki Svare  www.abookloversadventures.com

I am so guilty of choosing a book by it’s cover! The cover design and title are always the first things I notice. Then, if the summary keeps me interested it’ll go on my to-be-read list. A few times though, a book has been recommended and after I get it I realize I wouldn’t have picked it up because I didn’t like the cover. So, I’m always grateful for recommendations from friends!

Views She Writes https://viewsshewrites.wordpress.com

Most of the time, I do not. When I browse for books in my Overdrive account or Goodreads, I choose list view option so as to refrain from getting influenced by the cover of the novel. There have been so many instances where I checked the cover of the book only after I finished reading and realized I would never have gone for this book if I had seen the cover, but I ended up loving the story and the author.

Brandy Potter www.brandypotterbooks.com

I don’t judge books by covers. I tend to like leather bound or classically bound hardbacks that look good in a library. Those kinds of books can’t show you anything on the cover. Plus the one or two times that I grabbed a book because the cover looked good, the book was terrible.

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Kim www.writersideoflife.com

I like to think I don’t choose books by their covers. Now and again, you can get a great story with a beautiful cover, like The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. But I mostly get recommendations from the bookish community, family, and friends. That way, I branch out in terms of different genres and authors. And I usually read a page in the middle to see if I like the writing style.

Fee – eBook Addicts http://ebookaddcits.net

Yes I am a little guilty of doing this, not all the time but usually I will just read the blurb and go from there. Sometimes I see a cover and love it and then not read anything about the book and go in blind.

This was very fascinating! We all have very different takes on the whole “cover issue”! But I don’t think anyone should feel guilty for choosing books by the cover. Most authors (and publishers, of course) put a lot of thought into picking their book covers, maybe even as much as writing a summary. Nothing wrong with us readers appreciating it later!

What’s your opinion? Join the discussion in the comments!

Yesterday, Jo kicked off the blog hop with the question: Which Book Do You Wish You’d Written?
Tomorrow, we’ll be at Fee’s blog eBookAddicts.net, discussing the question: Do you review all of the books you read?

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17 thoughts on “Do you choose a book solely by the cover?”

  1. I’d like to say that I don’t pick books by their covers… But they do nudge me in the right direction. A good book cover not only catches your eye, but also gives you the briefest glimpse into the story and its style, which gives you a hint into if the book is for you or not!

    1. Yeah, definitely! But it also works the other way around, a really cheap and bad looking cover will reliably turn me away from a book.

      1. Same. A bad cover design can be a real turn off. It’s a shame as the book might be a great read, but less people will discover it due to the cover.

  2. Realistically, I think there is a majority that choose a book by the cover. Those of us in the industry know better. But realistically, the cover is the first thing that people see when they look at a book. the second thing I think wold be the blurb. Of course publishers, reviews, book trailers, and recommendations fall into this category as well, but the first marketing tool for readers would be the cover.

    1. Yeah, it’s pretty much always the first thing you see of a book. And if it looks shoddy or somehow doesn’t match your taste at all, you’re less likely to take a closer look, I’d think.

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