They say don’t judge a book by its cover. And that’s often good advice. But we do judge that way, don’t we? And not just books, but people, houses, all sorts of things. I know I’ve been wrong in the snap judgements I’ve made in the past – but that doesn’t stop me making them.
So yes, I do judge a book by its cover, and I do really love a good cover, which is why I’m delighted with this cover for my forthcoming book from Accent Press - see right!
I do also wonder if a cover has quite the same importance these days as it used to. Up to half of fiction is now read on an e-reader, where you rarely see the cover of the book you’re reading and even if you do see it, it is in black and white (on my aged Kindle at least). Is the e-reader influencing not only how we read, but what we read? True, the covers are still displayed on Amazon and other e-stores, but I for one don’t seem to look as long at a cover on screen, and rarely look at the blurb.
So what are the things that really do influence our choices of books? These are the things which influence me:
- Having read and liked a previous book by this author
- The book being recommended by a friend whose taste I trust
- The book been given a good review by a review-site I trust (reviews can be tricky – I’ve read some awful reviews of books I’ve loved, and read ones that raved so much I bought the book and couldn’t even read it)
- Price. Yes, I have to admit being a sucker for a ‘bargain’
- And, finally, the cover. I do like a good cover. It’s not the be-all and end-all, but it definitely helps.
For some reason I definitely don’t follow the advice of Amazon etc when they say ‘people who bought … also bought …’ I immediately think, ‘don’t you tell me what I like!’ But that might just be me not liking to be told what to do by a computer.
What influences your choice of the next book to read?