Thursday, March 27, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Cover Up

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.?

I really don't think the actual design of the book affects my enjoyment of it. It's easier to read a softback than a hardback, but I still enjoy the hardbacks of course! I

llustrations? I can take 'em or leave 'em. Some are pretty cool, but, it sure doesn't affect my enjoyment of the book.

Trade paperbacks are the best, but I sure read lots of the mass market kind too.

Fonts? Hmmmm.... if it's a really hard to read font, that could be a problem. But most books don't have a problem with weird fonts.

So, the short answer: nope! I enjoy the book no matter what, really. :)


  1. Yup. Books are to be read, not hung on the wall for display. So if I can read it, all's good.

  2. So true! In the end, it's what is inside that matters most. Cover art does attract my attention sometimes to books when I'm not particularly looking for something specific and will act as an incentive for me to pick up the book and look at it more closely to determine if it's something I'd be interested in reading, but it's ultimately it's what I can expect to find inside the covers that will sell me on a book.



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