We are visual creatures. We are drawn to certain things; Things that resonate with who we are as a person, our life experiences, our preferences, our beliefs, our secrets.
We have expectations for those things placed in front of us no matter how hard we try not to. But, what matters most, is that we still open our minds, open our hearts, and open those books to really see the story inside.
Book covers are a crucial part of a Story’s chance to being read. It can be the difference between someone picking it up and either taking it to read or putting it back and walking away.
And it’s not just the picture on the front. It is also the font, the colors used, the angles created. It is the placement of the title, the author, the visual, and even sometimes, the texture of the book when you pick it up. All these things combine make the first impression we have for the Story inside, even before we know what it is about.
So what are your favorite book covers?
I asked a few people to show me their favorite book covers regardless of if they actually have read the book or even liked it if they did. (The covers posted are mine and what others sent me). I was intrigued by the variety. I shouldn’t be surprised because, as humans, we are all different anyway, but it was also wonderful to see that each person had at least one that did not have any similarities to others they had chosen.
And the other side of the coin, what about the latest phrase of “Don’t Judge a Book by its Movie.” (I find myself saying this one a lot). The original book cover vs. the book cover after the movie is in post-production? Do you have a preference?