What do you look for in a good book cover?

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Re: What do you look for in a good book cover?

Post by Moonlight91 » 19 Jun 2018, 03:36

The cover must say something about the story but not give away too much. :D There is the saying: don't judge a book by its cover - but let's be honest... we wouldn't go for a book in the store if the cover is not to our liking.

I tend to pick up books with very simple designs. The cover shouldn't be to overloaded.

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Post by TaaraLynn » 22 Jun 2018, 12:19

If I know a movie is a book first and I'm interested in it, I'll go for it/look for it regardless. Other than that, I mostly have a description in my mind of what I want to read, and I search words or genres along those lines. If I am in a bookstore/library, I'll go into that section, look at spine titles, try my luck, and go straight to the back of the book for the summary.

Then, I go by authors I like. And sometimes by books that have chapter previews within them.
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Post by JazmynElizabeth » 23 Jun 2018, 03:32

Has to be eye-catching. If it's a crime fic, bloody clothes, silhouettes, knives, etc are a great way. Simple designs tend to be more eye-catching for me .
But I won't even look at a book if the font of the title doesn't perfectly match the picture. That's the main thing.
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Post by palilogy » 06 Jul 2018, 19:25

Compelling or simple imagery does it for me.
I hate when there is too much going on and the font and illustrations are all over the place.

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Post by kgj » 09 Jul 2018, 06:52

A good book cover it should have a sense of attraction ,precise and simple for a reader

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Post by quentaje » 03 Aug 2018, 13:15

The book title is important. If it's obscured or hard to read, my eye just moves past it.

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Post by DATo » 04 Aug 2018, 03:18

I have learned over the years to ignore the outer packaging of everything from merchandise, to people, to ideologies. It's what's inside that counts. I think we can all recount instances in our lives where the outer look of something served only to enhance expectations which later proved grossly disappointing. Therefore, the graphic artwork of a book cover is totally immaterial to me and I tend to ignore it. My book choices are exclusively based upon reviews and personal recommendations.
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Post by Jennifer Fernandez » 12 Aug 2018, 15:56

I know they say, "Don't judge a book by its cover", but the book is the first impression the reader has of a book. When I'm browsing books the most attention-seeking covers are the ones I inspect thoroughly. I believe the cover should reflect the story and its ambiance. It should be made by a professional graphic designer because they know what they are doing. I have seen countless books with a poorly made cover that show an amateur just pasted images together and that's it. This only showed me the author doesn't care about the elements of his/her book. Think of it like a job interview. If you go with your grease-stained pajamas, you don't stand a chance to be hired. You have to show that person you are a professional in your field and know what you are doing.
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Post by Lizpearson » 08 Oct 2018, 07:36

I evaluate the book as a whole. But I prefer minimalist and somewhat austere design of book covers

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Post by BookReader+6 » 08 Oct 2018, 08:28

For some reason, in a group of books, I pull out the one with blue hues on the cover first. I guess I do this because blue is my favorite color. Generally, I think a cover and title should relate to the story.
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Post by serendipity 27 » 08 Oct 2018, 15:08

I can't say I'm very biased towards covers that are either very colorful or simplistic in design. I tend to look at the description more than I do the cove.

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Post by TuyetMai » 09 Oct 2018, 22:20

An eye catching cover and a title that speaks to my interest would certainly draw my attention, but I always check the description before making any purchase.
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