That must be why I stay out of bookstores. The pretty covers are too tempting. As a library reader, all I have to deal with, usually, are the book spines.
I loved the covers of the Patrick Swayze and Sissy Spacek auto-bios. I'd like to have a big poster of the back cover of Neil Young's auto-bio to hang on my wall. It's a picture of him when he was about 20, really appeals to me. Oh, and I loved the cover of Stephen King's Under the Dome. To name a few. :o)
Ooooh, sensitive topic right now.
Have you all seen the cover that some idiot publisher stuck on Anne of Green Gables? http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/2013/02/06/anne_of_green_gables_goes_blond_on_new_us_cover.html
But .... but ..... Anne (with an 'e') is not a blond!
That's kind of like a theme through all the books, she hates being a redhead.
Weird! What about all the "carrot" mentions in the book?
Ohhh strange. Why would they do such a thing?
It's all wrong, she's got this 'sexy' look to her and her clothes are not what a woman/girl in that time period would be wearing. She looks like she's inviting Gilbert for a roll in the hay.
I know! Isn't it awful!? Some people were wondering if whoever chose that cover has never actually read the books!?
And, lol, Bella, but you're right!
Reminds me of a story an author told once re covers and the marketing people who choose them. Lesley Kagen lives in a suburb of Milwaukee and her first book was Whistling in the Dark - released in trade paperback. It's about two sisters - one blond and one redhead. When she first saw the cover design the girls didn't have the right color hair. She called the publisher. They argued that "marketing" had good information on what appeals to people scanning the shelves - what looks good - blah, blah, blah. She kept insisting. They said they had decided. Finally, she sent one more email ..."well, I know I'm in Wisconsin so we may not have all the same technology that you have in New York, but out here we have something called Photoshop and you can change the hair color really easily. So if you send me the photo, I'll be happy to do that for you."
They changed the hair colors ...
I read that book - Whistling in the Dark, very good book!I didn't know that about the cover!
The cover is not going to appeal to people who would be interested in reading Anne of Green Gables. It really is a travesty. And I, for one, do judge books by their covers (at least to some extent) and wouldn't touch a book with a cover like that with a 10-foot pole.
The cover is not going to appeal to people who would be interested in reading Anne of Green Gables -That is true Leslie!
I love gorgeous covers. I know it is silly, but if I can't get past a cover, I can't read a book. I had this problem with Unwholly. the cover creeped me out to the point that I even hated holding the book to read it. I also hate the Sookie Stackhouse series covers. I like the books, but I am embarrassed to be seen reading one while out in public as they are so poorly drawn.
Right now I am loving the covers on the Phryne Fisher series. They are colorful and well drawn! I am an artist by trade, and just love a good graphic design.
I hate the Sookie covers, too.
I soooo understand! Covers are part of the whole book experience for me, and a creepy cover makes the book hard to hold.
Even that sharklike grin of Suze Orman's makes me want to ut a Post-It note over her face. A friend of mine returned my copy of Nothing Is Strange With You because the killer's photos on the cover was so creepy she couldn't stand to read it.
Oh, either a striking cover or an arresting title can suck me right in, and they know it, those bastidges in the graphics departments of the publishing houses!
I LOVE the new cover for the first Harry Potter! http://ca.movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-talk/harry-potter-celebrates-15-years-book-covers-170717056.html
Oh that's lovely!
I like that!
I visited a photography club this weekend-3D photography would look good on a book cover.
"A quality cover doesn't reflect the inside of the book any more than a gorgeous face reflects a gracious personality..." Adrianne Wood http://blog.shelfari.com/
While I know that this is true, sometimes a beautiful cover still catches the eye.
I think it's programmed into us to seek out beautiful and attractive things. It's at the very heart of advertising.
I guess in a perfect world all books would be in plain brown wrappers so we don't judge a book by its cover. However, I will make no excuse for being human. I will continue to shy from books with dreadful, hokey romantic or yukky covers. Life is too short to waste it on horrid covers, and I for one have better things to do than worry about being of with cover selection.
So in a perfect world, I wouldn't be able to find my books by maintaining a mental picture of which image is on the spine and which other distinctive books it is between on the shelves?
No problem if they are all shelved in Dewey or Library of Congress! But, I'm not pc so I will keep choosing by the cover.
I am not keeping a card catalogue for my own private books!
I soooo want a card catalogue. I've been looking on ebay etc for an 8-10 drawer oak one. Heck, even the little 2-4 drawer ones are outrageously priced. I have way too many books to keep track of. Since we will never have a computer (don't ask...), I have to have some way of organizing, especially the non-fiction. I'm slowly getting my books put on Shelfari, but it takes forever doing it on a cell phone. I keep thinking if we ever have a fire or tornado, I really need a definative list of our books.
So would the card catalogue be kept in a secret tornado-proof bunker somewhere?
Nah. The Shelfari list will be for that. The card catalogue would be for my OCD pleasure!
Absolutely, the looks of the cover matters. Marketing people have done studies on this and found that books with bright, eye catching covers at least get picked up over dull or plainer ones. "Beginnings" is absolutely correct in saying the cover doesn't reflect the inside of the book, however, the book may not even be considered unless the author is well known or liked by the person considering the book. I am also guilty of by-passing books that don't have a title that says "Hey look at me.". Titles of DVD's are selected many times the same way.
And sometimes you get the wrong book or CD that way. Cover images can be so radically wrong, like the "Anne of Green Gables" example above.
Good point. You are correct in what you are saying. But at least the book was picked up. Some really good books never leave the shelf. And yes, I have gotten some really rotten movies and books. I do try to pay more attention to what the description is now, but I'm still guilty.
Regardless of the cover, the way to know whether the book is any good is to read the first page.
I go by the first and last chapters to decide if I will actually read a book. (that's another reason why ebooks don't work for me very well.) However, if I can't get past the cover it is doubtful that I will read the book. Unless too many Shelfarians urge me to read it, that is. Darn Shelfari forces me to buy book, I would otherwise ignore. : )
I can so relate to that!
That's happened to me a few times - if a book keeps popping up in groups I'm a part of (for good reasons!), there is a good chance I will be checking out of the library soon.