Do you ever hear someone say "Never judge a book by its cover" accompanied by a bit of a finger wag and stern eyebrow raising, and then feel a squirm of guilt when you think that you do get swayed by the pretty, shiny covers on all the books in your bookshelf? Well I'm here to say Stop Feeling The Guilt.
This is the 21st century. Thousands of books (despite the doom and gloom) are published every year. Publishing companies spend $$$ on getting just the right cover. Why? Because it makes a difference. In a world where we are spoilt for choice, we're going to use every bit of information we can get to make a decision on what to read. Including the pretty shiny embossed covers.
And lets face it, for those of us who still buy the physical book rather than the ebook, part of the joy is being able to add it to your bookshelf when you've finished and still be able to admire it.
Don't get me wrong, covers aren't the only factor in my decision making process, but a book with an uninteresting cover is unlikely to get a second glance when I'm browsing at the bookstore.
Here's a few books I've bought lately with covers I love:
|Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood|
by Eileen Cook
by Rachel Hawkins
by Alison Goodman