Many of us, like me, find a kind of solace in visiting the book shop. There’s something about the smell of a bookshop that greets you and welcomes you.
The first thing you notice about a book? For me, it’s usually the cover.
If the book cover is interesting, I find myself more drawn to the book.
Perhaps more of a coincidence than anything, but most of my book covers end up being blue. A blue book cover must really spring out to me.
I always admire the effort that goes in to making a book cover, there are so many out there! From shiny, to simple, to abstract art. A good book cover is imperative to get the readers to your book in the first instance.
Where do you place the title of the book? What kind of font is it?
These are all things that interest me.
There are suggestions that with the rise of ebooks and digital reading, the book cover has lost it’s meaning, or is of less value than it used to be. I would like to disagree, with the rise of social media and images being readily available, the book cover has now been granted more than one meaning. Walking into a bookshop and seeing a book cover is one meaning, using the book cover online to promote the book has another.
Browsing through your online stores is similar in principle to walking into a store. You scroll through the lists of books and pick out the ones with the most interesting covers and titles. You make your first instinct of the book based entirely on it’s outside attributes.
Essentially, judging a book by it’s cover. This is why the book cover is necessary, and the need for marketing a book will always secure the use of a book cover.
The book cover is your first impression, does it draw you in? Does the cover of the book give away a little of the story? Does it intrigue you enough to read the summary on the back and to skim a few pages in the book shop?
What do you think? I love a good book cover, especially when I’ve finished and I can tell people about it. A book cover will always make someone interested.