Monday, 18 June 2012

Musing Mondays #4

Musing Mondays is a meme hosted by Should be Reading.

Do you think the book cover is “dead”? Do you care whether the “covers” on digital books exist or not? (based on this article)

No, I don't think the book cover is 'dead'. People are very attracted to the cover. It's like buying anything, the packaging has to attract you. In this case, the 'packaging' is the cover. If you were buying, say, a PS3 game or some other video game, you would want a nice box. You wouldn't be as inclined to buy it if it was a plain plastic box with nothing but the name printed on it. I can say that I have picked up books for the cover. I know, we shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but it's human nature, we do.

On the other hand, I don't think book covers are as important for e-books. You can't browse an e-book store as effectively as you can with a regular bookstore, so usually you know what book you're buying without having to check out the cover. Though, covers on free e-books do help. Why would you take something free if you didn't like it? I do like the covers on e-books but I wouldn't be as upset about i if they got rid of them compared to what I'd be like if they did it to print books.

What are your thoughts? Share it in the comments! 


  1. I know I need covers, great answer, thanks for stopping by!

  2. I admit I'm a bit of a cover snob, even though I'm an ebook reader.

  3. So true, a lot of it is in the packaging.

  4. I love covers myself. They are the first glimpse you get of the story and what it might be like. For example, I don't much like erotica, so I wouldn't pick up a book with cover half-naked people under a moonlit sky. And the YA genre is well known for it's dark covers with bold splashes of color; those are what attract me to the book initially; after that, I will read the book jacket. I just think the book cover is what first draws me in. I love my ereader, but I still like to see an intriguing cover.

    1. I agree. The cover tells a lot about the story. Sometimes the blurb can be a bit misleading so the cover helps.

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