Cover-Up March 27, 2008
This week’s question comes from Julie, who asks:
While acknowledging that we can’t judge books by their covers, how much does the design of a book affect your reading enjoyment? Hardcover vs. softcover? Trade paperback vs. mass market paperback? Font? Illustrations? Etc.?
The design of a book doesn’t affect my reading enjoyment necessarily, but I do love a beautiful, well designed cover. Unless I go to the book store with a specific book or author in mind, the cover art absolutely plays a role in which books I pick up and ultimately bring home. One of my favorite blogs, dedicated to the appreciation of book cover design, is Covers, maintained by Fwis, a design firm based out of Brooklyn, NY and Portland, OR. It’s a place where people in the industry praise or trash covers. Go there for some highly intelligent commentary from people in the ‘biz. This is the cover that currently graces their home page. What do you think? Would you buy this book?