"Book covers are important. You go into a bookstore and what do you see? You see covers. The bookstore experience is about the design, the color, the shape, the feel. I mean when you walk into a bookstore, sometimes you're overwhelmed. But aren't you stimulated by the art? And it is art."Many of us agree that book covers are important and definitely plays a key factor when browsing in a brick and mortar store or online like on Amazon. These days publishers, especially in the young adult genre, are coming out with the most amazing covers like these three soon-to-be released-in-2011 novels:
My interest for these books were definitely first sparked by the beautiful covers (pretty dresses!) and I am very much highly anticipating reading these books. And yes, a book cover is definitely art and there's no question about it--they have always been in my eyes.
Have you ever bought a book just for its cover? I have, many times. Here are just three:
I buy a lot of books, more books that I could ever read in a year probably because these days with my job taking up most of my time, I'm lucky if I can read one book a week. But I keep buying anyway and it's mostly just to own a particular book, to have it in my collection. However, I usually do my "research" (reading numerous reviews both good and bad, reading excerpts and extras, looking up the author, etc.) before making my purchases to make sure I'll enjoy whatever I buy. But the books above have such pretty covers that I just want them on my self so I can stare at them when I'm looking through my book collection. Now, I know book covers don't always reflect what is between its pages. Some, despite how eye-catching the covers are, doesn't reflect the story at all. Case in point (according to Leslie because I haven't read it yet), Fallen by Lauren Kate. But this doesn't stop me from being a cover whore and I'll probably keep picking up (and buying) books for their covers.
Ms. Raab goes on to say:
"I have what I call the subway test: Will a man be comfortable carrying that book? And it can go the other way. People are conscious of what they're reading and what people see them reading."This had me think of covers I stay away from or feel I must hide when reading in public. I'm going to focus on young adult books here because romance covers are a whole 'nother story. Okay, maybe it's because I'm not that big of a paranormal reader anymore but I always find myself staying away from these type of covers:
If it wasn't for all the buzz these books are getting, I probably would just keep disregarding them whenever I'm browsing online or at a physical bookstore. I'm just not attracted to these type of covers.
As for reading in public, I'm generally comfortable reading most YA in public but out of the covers above Tempted, Spirit Bound, City of Bones and even Sea Change will probably leave me semi self-conscious even though they are far from romance clinch covers. You know, someone online actually "lectured" me (through a discussion and the topic was romance covers) about how I shouldn't care what others think about I'm reading and what I read is my own business and as a twenty-first century woman what other people think shouldn't bother me... Sigh. When it comes down to it, I am very conscious of what I read and what people see me reading. You know, despite of what that person said about romance novels, I have yet to see someone reading a romance with a clinch cover in public.
Reader friends, what about you? Have you ever bought a book just for its cover? Have a type of cover you stay away from? Are you conscious of what you read in public?