This week’s question:
The flip side of last week’s …
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?
Unfortunately, yes. And quite a few. BB (before blogging), I will admit, when purchasing a book, I would first pick up a book because of it’s cover and then read the synopsis. Unless it was a writer that was on my “authors to read” list.
However, for the past 3 years, since becoming an active participant in the online book blogging community and accepting requests to review, it’s the synopsis and/or reviews from other bloggers that influence me. After receiving said books, there have been a few times where I have thought, “what were they thinking?” I also wonder if the cover is any indication of what kind of read it is going to be. And in those circumstances when the book is a 4-5 star, I then think “the cover is going to hurt the sales of a book” putting myself in a consumer’s “shoes”. Even though I loved the book, I know I would have missed out on a good read if I saw it on the shelves.
In my opinion, even though you aren’t supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, when I see a poorly designed cover, I automatically think that the caliber of writing will probably be amateurish especially in today’s market where anyone can self publish.
What about you? Do covers influence you? Have you read a 5 star novel but hate the cover? What are your thoughts on poorly designed covers?