ionR: How Important are Book Cover?
How Important Do You Find a Book Cover to Be?
Today we are sharing our thoughts on the importance of book covers and the impact that they have on a reader’s decision to read the material.
Let’s be honest at one point or another we have all heard the infamous quote ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover,’ and yet there are times when I have based my decision on the cover. Yes, I’m admitting that there were a time or two that I was actually guilty to breaking the golden rule of reading, though I try not to.
As a professional reviewer (a reader that reviews for an actual company rather than reviewing as a hobby) I lately have been asked directly by publishers to start rating cover designs. In fact whenever I receive a press release for a novel there is a request to grade the cover as well as include a brief review of the cover itself within my writings.
Personally, I agree with publishers that covers are an important part of the book and can aid in a sale in a novel especially such covers that are romantic. I tend to favor covers that are beautifully designed or even those that are unique. However the most crucial part about a cover drawling for me-is that a design should actually represent the book by both romance and by plot. Covers that lack this trait can regrettably turn me away from my overall desire to read the actual book. Most of the time I do end up reading the material if the book blurb is more suited to my taste.
If anything covers are hard to ignore. Think about the last time you were a book store or even logged onto an online store featuring books and browsed through the sections. There were likely covers that caught your attention and perhaps those that did not. As a blogger I find that the more elegant or sinful a cover design is the more my readers want to read further into an excerpt or even pre-order the actual book.
I suppose one way or another covers can be equally as important as the writing style of the author, the plot as well as the romance itself.
So please tell us have you ever judge a book based on the cover design? Did you read the book anyhow or no? What do you look for in a book prior to your reading?
Disclaimer: Images are screen shots of google search “romance book covers”