Judging a book by it's cover

First of all, I'd like to say that I caught nothing on fire today, including myself. From here on out that's my benchmark for it being a good day. I'll say nothing of the sinus infection that makes me wish I could detach my head in favor of a newer model. At least my head's not on fire.

But the real subject of the post is cover art. Someone in some comment trail once upon a time said something like "No one actually buys a book because of the cover, do they?" Um, yes. I do. All the time. The latest book in my Amazon cart:
Dani Noir, by Nova Ren Suma. It's MG, but not a voice that my 8 year old is ready for, so this is all for me. And when I turned to the first page and saw "What Would Rita Hayworth Do?" I was completely sold.

Other books I've picked up based on cover art:
Shamus in The Green Room

Folly du Jour

I'm sensing a theme here with lamplight...


Kathleen said...

cover art affect me far, far, far more than I would like to admit.

October 29, 2009 at 8:14 PM
Leona said...

Creative people are usually more affected visually than the average person. Men are known to be basically visual creatures. It's no surprise you will try a book out based on the cover.

It's one of the ways I tried new authors before I found myself writing and networking with them. Now I try to find their books to give them a hand :)

October 30, 2009 at 7:26 AM
Robin said...

I pick up books based on the cover all the time. Then I open it and look at the font. Sometimes the type is a dealbreaker.

October 30, 2009 at 9:33 AM

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