Never judge a book by its cover

Never judge a book by its cover.



Today I’m going to be a bit controversial – possibly. There’s been a trend in the chatter around cover artwork and its role in the success or otherwise of a book. Most people have come in on the side of the cover being a vital part of making a sale, enticing the reader in, but the more I think about it the more I’m in two minds about whether I agree.

I’m a voracious reader. If I see a blurb or a write up that looks interesting I’ll buy the book. With my favourite authors, as soon as a new title comes out I buy it. If I see something that’s my kind of genre but by a totally unknown author I read the blurb, look at reviews, then look at price and – you guessed it – probably buy it. But it’s also true to say that for the majority of my purchases these days I’m going to buy the e-book first. With the number of free offers and under £1 offers that come up these days it’s a great way of trying something new. Then if I like what I read I might choose to buy the printed version.  And I’ll definitely be willing to pay more for more of the same electronically. And conversely, with some of my favourite authors I’ll buy the print version first and then the e-book so that I can take it everywhere with me.

Note at no point have I taken any notice of the cover. Please don’t laugh but, until the topic started to trend, I have a feeling I would have assumed that e-books didn’t have a cover – well unless they were also in print. I mean, my Kindle opens at page 1 and I can’t believe I’m alone in never having paged backwards to find if there’s a cover picture anywhere.

Now with print books it’s a totally different story. I have been following Sookie Stackhouse since the very beginning back in 2001. I picked up the first in the series in the US and just loved the cover artwork. As a result every new book comes to me late and costs a packet because you can only get them with the new style True Blood covers in the UK; I have to order them in from the US to get Lisa Desimini’s illustration. To me the original cover illustration style perfectly captures the spirit of the books in a way that the new style just doesn’t.

So I guess what I’m saying is, for my portable e-version who cares if it has a cover as long as it sounds good to try and reads well when it arrives, for my bookshelf the cover can be a deal breaker. I’d be really interested to hear what you think.


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