This week on BTT:
Are there any good books that you read IN SPITE OF the cover and ended up wondering what on earth the artist and publisher were thinking to pair up a cover that so badly represented a perfectly good book?
And … if you didn’t like the cover, what made you pick up the book? The author? Assigned reading from school? A recommendation from a friend?
As I said last week, most times, I don’t really see that many bad covers. If I do, I don’t notice it as much as the book for itself. I do notice that French publishers keep their covers much simpler than those in the anglophone publishing world. I was French book browsing this weekend and noticed again how many of their books lack a lot of colour and intrigue. They focus less on advertising to be sure.
Usually, I pick up books for a plethora of reasons, including, but not limited to: author that I have read before, it is a classic/award winner, part of a series, or a recommendation from a friend/blog/or other source. I use to read for school, but it doesn’t apply now that I am out of it.
How about you?
An author I’ve read and enjoyed usually trumps cover…and, of course, the blurb. But I found a couple of less than great covers here at MY THURSDAY MEMES POST
Hi Laurel! I don’t really pay attention to the cover once I decide to get the book for the blurb/author! Thanks for the comment.
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If the book comes highly recommended, I don’t really look at the cover.
Hi Tribute Books Mama! I agree. I don’t care when I’ve heard from someone I’ve trust or lots of other sources. The cover is just icing. Thanks!
It’s true, many books in other countries focus less on how they look.
Hi Valentina! I don’t mind it so much since it emphasizes content over style, but I do like nice covers. I don’t choose books based on that alone though. Thanks!
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