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I will admit that when I am scanning the book stores shelves or the book listings on the online book store sites, I will at times, judge a book by its cover. I don't necessarily buy the book that catches my eye, but I am more likely to take a second look at it and read the synopsis, etc.
Readers: do you judge a book by its cover? Please explain why or why not?
Authors: do you feel that book cover design can affect the saleability of your books and do you believe that readers pay a lot of attention too and/or judge a book by its cover? Please explain why or why not?
We are sharing ideas and opinions openly; everyone is entitled to theirs so please be respectful and courteous.
Judging a book by it's cover for me is a two-fold process. Depending on the era and genre of the book, the cover may be lack-luster or quite bold. Of course a well done cover will garner my attention but if the introduction does not entice me to read deeper, then the cover means nothing. So, yes, in the sense the cover "catches my eye", but no, if there is no depth, stirring of my senses or promise of a great story in the synopsis.
I've recently noticed when I peruse books for purchase, I also pay close attention to the page numbers. I find due to the mood I'm in, the page numbers represent whether I want to be fully engrossed in a long saga or if I want a quick respite from whatever the moments my life may be consumed with. This doesn't mean I will ignore a short read but I may skip it to be swept away for a much longer escape by purchasing an epic. Other times it will be quite the reverse. Either way, I must be drawn by the storyline to feel satisfied whatever the length! Remember, there must be something to "pull me in" toward the book first, and most times it's either a "word" or "picture" on the cover which grasps my attention!