Thursday, March 27, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Cover-up

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.?

Trade paperback is perfect for me. The size is right for sticking in my purse or holding in my hands. The size of the text is right so my eyes aren't straining.

I love a good cover. I really like to examine the cover while I'm reading and also when I've finished. So a good cover is actually really important to me. I don't know why. That's not to say I won't read a book with a dull cover, but I enjoy a nice cover.

Illustrations are not necessary in adult books but certainly enhance the reading of children's books.

Overall, design is very important to me, but I will read a book with a boring cover, I will read a mass market edition, and I will read a book with smaller than preferred font. So while important, it's not necessary.


Megan said...

You are the only one of the BTTers that I visited today that likes to examine covers like I do. I don't know why but I find that very exciting, like we share a secret.

I feel exactly as you do, design is important, but books are more important! :)

Anonymous said...

I like to say that, "I pick books the old-fashioned the covers". I do love book covers! After I have finished reading them I really like to see how the cover relates.


Rachel Langston

Jeane said...

Most covers I just ignore and dig into the book itself. But when a beautiful or very intriguing one comes along, I love the experience of studying it each time I close the book or pick it up again.

Amy said...

Megan...great minds and all that. :)

Rachel and Jeane thanks for stopping by! I wish I could say covers mean nothing, but I even await them eagerly for sequels and such.

Carole said...

The best cover in the world can't make me enjoy a book that's not well written, yet a cover can certainly draw me to a book. And I think books in the Christian fiction category have some of the most eye-catching covers around.

One of my weaknesses is lighthouses, so I will pick up almost any book with an ocean and lighthouse theme.

I have a hard time reading the print in mass market sizes, so I always look for either hardcover or trade paperback. For Christian fiction, trade paperback is my favorite.

Amy said...


You are right that a good cover does not a good book make! :)

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