Sunday, August 8, 2010

Do you judge a book by its cover?

No idea why the topic of book covers is on my mind today. Oh wait, it's cos I HAVE A BLIMMIN' AWESOME ONE. I am in love with my book cover. And it seems like lots of other people like it too, which is A Very Good Thing.

I still can't quite get over how beautiful it is. And it's going to be wrapped around my book. I feel incredibly lucky, because I am mega-picky about covers (as I've mentioned on here before). I'm not sure I thought it was possible that the designer would come up with something I was 100% happy with. I was sure there would be something I'd want to change. But nope. Not. One. Thing.

So... how important is a book's cover to you? Would you ever buy a book based solely on the cover? Do you still buy a book even if you don't like its cover? Which is your favourite YA cover of all time?

Please share!


  1. I love book covers and have several I have bought just because of the cover - brightly woven and the stars have eyes being the two most recent. It probably wouldn't stop me buying a book if I didn't like the cover but I might hop on to book despository and see if the US cover was nicer and order that instead. Asking me to pick a favourite is more than I can deal with as I love too many.

  2. I've bought books based on their covers alone before, not always found that to be a good thing. But it wouldn't stop me doing so again. I get picky about covers and like Kirsty said, I'll order a US version via Book Depository if it's nicer than the UK one (and amazon don't have it). A bad cover won't stop me buying a book if the blurb holds my interest, but chances are that book would need to be mentioned as being good somewhere else before I start looking at it. Sad but true. As for a favourite YA cover? Far too many to choose from. Recent faves though would be Jeri Smith-Ready's US version of 'Shade' and Rachel Vincent's US verion of 'My Soul To Steal'.

  3. Covers are very important to me, if I don't already know the book and what is inside, I won't pick up a book with a cover I don't like. I would like to point out that your cover is *gorgeous* and I would have definitely picked it up!!
    I like the covers with drawings like the Perchance to Dream / Eyes like Stars ones. Or the very simplistic ones like Forbidden (there is not a lot on it so you pick up the book to enquire about the mystery that is the cover). The Clarity cover is also nice.
    I don't really know, it's a mix of colours and font and harmony of the cover I guess :)

  4. I don't normally buy a book based on the cover alone, for me it's the cover that attracts me to a book in the first place and then the bit on the back which finally makes me make a decision.

  5. yes covers make aaaaaall the difference. It's the first thing you see that sparks your interest in picking up a book. I don't buy books JUST on the cover though as the premise has to sound interesting to me too. This reminds me of being attracted to someone - it's the outside that attracts you but the inside that makes you want to spend time with the person. Same with books.

    P.s. Loving your book cover AND premise :)

  6. I'll admit it, I do judge books by their cover. It is the first thing you see after all. They definitely make me pick up the novel and read the summary but they do not decide whether or not I'll purchase the novel. And I have purchased novels where I wasn't a fan of the cover. After all, it's the story found inside that really counts.

    Favourite YA covers? Hmmm... that's a difficult one. I really love the cover for Hush,Hush and Perfect Chemistry also Sweethearts by Sara Zarr. Sarah Dessen has some awesome covers as well.

    Your book cover is super gorgeous by the way. It will definitely grab people's attention. :)

  7. Yes, I do. I've seen a few books with great reviews but I really dislike the plain and ugly cover, I can't seem be interested in them anymore. I think I wouldn't buy them... unless they have alternate cover of course.

    Hmm, sometimes UK and US have different covers, and in my country, we mix up both English so much we can read both without any problem. :D So I usually would buy the version with prettier cover if available.

    But most of the time the books have great covers anyway, not too much problem. or at least bearable ones.

    yes your cover is pretty! :D

  8. The best book I bought on the basis of cover (and title) alone was "Loser" by Jerry Spinelli. Awesome!