The Complexity of Book Covers
Book covers are fundamental to the success of books.
The more appealing the book cover the more often the book will be chosen. I’ve always thought designing book covers must be a really fun job, working with colours & font and reading the books to decide what works best. But it must be tricky to design an appealing cover while also pleasing both the author and publisher.
Books with ugly covers need much more work to ‘sell’
This applies to library and bookshop customers – including me. Shallow maybe, but I am sure I have passed over countless books simply because I didn’t like the cover. If you have a TBR (to be read) list as long and daunting as mine you’ll know what I mean. It takes a conscious decision (i.e. more effort) to pick a book with an unappealing cover.
Different publishers use different covers
The interesting thing is that in most cases the books published by different publishers have different covers. Do publishers and their teams know what they are doing? While the appeal is subjective, what I like is not necessarily what you like, are we all so different? Please vote in the poll below
The And I Darken cover debate
Take the book And I Darken. I love the USA cover and if the UK cover had been on Netgalley I know I would have passed it over and missed a brilliant book. But is the USA cover more feminine and possibly less likely to be picked up by boys? What do you think?
In the interests of humanity (ok maybe not humanity but it is interesting!) please vote for the cover you prefer in the poll below.
Poll closed on 27 September 2016