20 thoughts on “The Visual Factor: Judging a Book by Its Cover?”

  1. Yes, the cover is vitally important if you want your book to stand out in the crowd. I think, and I hope, that my book covers are getting better and better with each book. Especially since I now commission an artist to design them. Perhaps not everyone is as fortunate to be able to do that.

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  2. I agree with the fact that book covers are important, I know I love books no matter what the cover is but when I’m looking for new things to read it really is important. A book cover that attracts the eye and manages to keep the person’s attention makes a book more interesting and more likely to be read.

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  3. I always judge books by the cover. Especially in the library where there is so much to choose from that it is the cover that jumps out for me that wins. Also I prefer to get out the crisp barely used books against a scruffy old book

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  4. I was very pleased with the overall design of my novel’s cover but I asked to swap the colour and size of the font, and suddenly the cover really zinged. Always regretted the novel was only published as an ebook as it looks good on a bigger scale. It felt very important to me as an author to have a hand in its design.

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  5. As a writer, marketing professional, and avid reader, I always judge a book by its cover. The cover is what catches your eye amidst the sea of books in the bookstore. The next question is: is the title as intreaging as the cover? If it is I’ll read the back of the book and maybe skim a random page before deciding whether or not to buy. Writers absolutely need to care about their book covers and get professionals involved wherever possible.

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  6. Great post! I was literally JUST sitting down to write my post on judging a book by it’s cover! Less of a marketing tactic and more of a way of to fully enjoy your book even after you’ve read it. I love your blog! Keep up the great posts!

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      1. That’s true, unfortunately. Part of the problem is that good vs. bad design is sometimes only subjective. I read an article recently that highlighted book covers it said were winning designs, and I found nearly every one of them unattractive. If I bought by cover only, I wouldn’t have bought any of them.

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