What do you look for in a good book cover?

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The colours and then the art. The font doesn't really matter to me, but the colours have to be eye-catching and complimentary before I look at anything else.
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I think a lot about spacing. I like book that has a good font and image, but isn't too blank or too over crowded. It has to say something, but not be overwhelming like a magazine cover.
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I agree that it has a little to do with genre. Sci-fi for instance tend to be more illustration based, so I look for something that has nice illustration in it. I find most Young Adult covers a little busy, though, the ones that have like the setting-scape and the person and then a background too... it's just too much going on for me.
Of course, good use of colors and space is attractive, good placing of the art used... but it really is a subconscious choice. it's not like I'm outright looking for something specific.
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I have, in the last few days, erroneously bypassed an excellent book and later found out that it was amazing. I think the colors / tone of the cover should match the book. Choice of colors, and the title itself should be carefully selected to compliment the book.
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I used to look for the book's intended scenery/setting in book covers when I was younger. I still do that now, but not so much. I'm also captured by bright colors and alluring fonts that look magical. Honestly, I'm captured by many things, it's hard to say I look for one thing in particular!

I like covers that seem "deep" -- a few words on the cover with a pretty bold color and maybe a few snowflakes. I don't know. One of the book covers that I really like, though, is from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. It's extremely eye-catching to me.
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Lgs1089 wrote: 18 Apr 2018, 15:31 I'm curious to explore what others find most appealing in a book cover. What is eye-catching to you? Is it the art, font, color usage, or another detail that strikes your fancy?
For me, the most appealing thing is a cover that sells. I'd look at what the clients would like to buy then make that for them.

As for personal preferences, I like girly book covers. But that may not necessarily sell for everyone. So if you're asking about a cover that you can use to sell your book, I'd refer to my first point.
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WhiteLotus wrote: 28 Jun 2019, 06:45 I agree that it has a little to do with genre. Sci-fi for instance tend to be more illustration based, so I look for something that has nice illustration in it. I find most Young Adult covers a little busy, though, the ones that have like the setting-scape and the person and then a background too... it's just too much going on for me.
Of course, good use of colors and space is attractive, good placing of the art used... but it really is a subconscious choice. it's not like I'm outright looking for something specific.
I agree, the genre does has an influence.
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crediblereading2 wrote: 19 Apr 2018, 12:48 The title must be very bold and related to the contents of the book. Also, the artwork must be very attractive.
I agree with you.
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Kansas City Teacher wrote: 03 Jul 2019, 18:07 I have, in the last few days, erroneously bypassed an excellent book and later found out that it was amazing. I think the colors / tone of the cover should match the book. Choice of colors, and the title itself should be carefully selected to compliment the book.
Oh yes, certainly!
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Nisha Ward wrote: 20 Apr 2019, 02:29 The colours and then the art. The font doesn't really matter to me, but the colours have to be eye-catching and complimentary before I look at anything else.
These are helpful points to note.
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I first look for a visually pleasing design. And the second thing is the book cover should reflect the part of the theme of the contents in the book.
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I like covers that have an air of mystery. If I look at a book cover and it has too much going on then I won’t even consider picking it up. It needs to have just enough to catch the eye and make me think hmmm winder what this one is about
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Tamorie21 wrote: 07 Jul 2019, 05:02 I used to look for the book's intended scenery/setting in book covers when I was younger. I still do that now, but not so much. I'm also captured by bright colors and alluring fonts that look magical. Honestly, I'm captured by many things, it's hard to say I look for one thing in particular!

I like covers that seem "deep" -- a few words on the cover with a pretty bold color and maybe a few snowflakes. I don't know. One of the book covers that I really like, though, is from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. It's extremely eye-catching to me.
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This cover is amazing, but I truly detest when books are covered in award stickers. Don’t get me wrong, I’m stoked that an author has been recognised for their work, but I think they really distract from what the cover is intending.
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Mr_Wimbaum wrote: 31 Aug 2020, 16:26
Tamorie21 wrote: 07 Jul 2019, 05:02 I like covers that seem "deep" -- a few words on the cover with a pretty bold color and maybe a few snowflakes. I don't know. One of the book covers that I really like, though, is from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. It's extremely eye-catching to me.
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This cover is amazing, but I truly detest when books are covered in award stickers. Don’t get me wrong, I’m stoked that an author has been recognised for their work, but I think they really distract from what the cover is intending.
I hear that! I feel the same way, mostly. If there's one reward, I think the cover can still be aesthetically pleasing. This one, though with 4 medals, still works in my opinion because of the color scheme and how the book already has that very literary feel.
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I always look for colours and creativity
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