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Booking Through Thursday: Cover-Up

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This week’s question comes from Julie, who asks:

While acknowledging that we can’t judge books by their covers, how much does the design of a book affect your reading enjoyment? Hardcover vs. softcover? Trade paperback vs. mass market paperback? Font? Illustrations? Etc.?


I tend to be attracted to simpler covers.  If I really want to read the book, I will get it no matter what.  If I am unsure, then the cover plays into my decision.  If there is a choice of covers, I go for the classic look.  I try to pick  up the edition of the book which will be easy to read, but not look trashy.  I have noticed that libraries, tend to have less "busy" covers.

Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 1:27PM by Registered Commenter[beastmomma] | Comments4 Comments

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Like you, I'm more concerned by what's inside the covers than the covers themselves. We must be publicists nightmares.
March 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnn Darnton
I agree Ann. I love being a troublemaker :)
March 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma
Oh, you're not troublemakers! You are already in the 'captured' market as TRUE readers who don't need the marketing neon sign lights and hubbaballoo. (Is that a word?)

No one has mentioned the plastic-y covers on the hardbacks that most libraries use. I am not into covers/colors much, really...
March 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCare
That is a good way to look at things Care. I think the libraries use those plastic things to help preserve their books.
March 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma

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