Why Book Covers are So Important – Do we Judge a Book by the Cover?
by River Maria Urke
Last weekend, my mother was recommending a book to me and made a comment about liking the cover. My thirteen year old looked at us both and said, “You can’t tell how a book is by its cover!” My mother and I replied in unison, “Yes you can!”
We all (I’m sure there’s an exception) judge books by their cover no matter what genre or size. It is natural we are drawn to what appeals to us the most. In most cases, the cover of a book reveals the quality of the written word inside. Tagging the old saying, You can judge a book by its cover, to be true. A persons first impression of a book is always the front cover. They even say, The cover will break or sell a book.
Authors have begun to understand this fact and are getting more involved with the design of their book’s cover. Bennett Madison, the author of Lulu Dark stated, “I think covers literally are the only thing that matters.” The author Stefanie Pintoff states a good point on first impressions, “Three aspects of a book make the greatest first impression on potential readers. The opening sentence. The title. And, of course, the cover. If the cover art does its job well, it will portray the tone and genre of the book accurately—and help it stand out from its competition on the bookshelf.”
I am in complete agreement with Pintoff on the importance of a books cover. That is the reason I designed the cover of my book, Women’s Obsession with Shoes. I used a photo I staged with women of different sizes with an array of shoes. I wanted to represent all women and emphasize that women were as different as a pair of shoes while their stories were universal.
In addition, I design the covers for the poetry chapbooks published by Twowolvz Press. We hold cover contests with a poem prompt from the poets chapbook. All sorts of art comes in from photography to paintings. The author and I vote a winner that best represents the poem and his/her book. Then I design the cover from the winner.
I have this theory each of us is drawn to the covers of the books we like by our individual attractions. Next time you are book shopping go ahead and test yourself. Choose one book that excites you by the cover only and another that draws you in by the description but is not appealing by cover. Read them both and see which one you like better.
A shoe lover’s book.
~Women’s Obsession with Shoes is a collection of twenty-one stories from women about their lives told through a pair of shoes. The stories range from a lost pair of moccasins at a Pow Wow to a six-foot woman making a claim on a man’s chest in stiletto boot. Every story about a pair of shoes is told in a woman’s voice as if you were sitting next to her as she told her story. Some of the stories will spark memories while others will merely be entertaining in their own way.
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Genre – Creative Non-Fiction / Memoirs
Rating – PG
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