On the opposite side of that coin, I must admit that a bad cover may make me pass over a book~even one that might have sounded interesting to me. Terribly superficial of me, I know, but as a reader I expect the publisher or author (if they are self-published) to put a good amount of thought and effort into the cover. It is the first impression after all. Case in point: I ‘m not fond of the original covers of the Sookie Stackhouse books. Some love them, but me, not so much. In fact, I disliked them so much that I never read the books until I saw the TV show and realized how great the story was. Now that I know, I couldn’t care less. Lesson learned on my part. Now I always read the first page, no matter what the cover, if a book has drawn my interest.
But the draw of a good cover remains as the main hook for most readers, therefore it’s something that warrants attention. It is an investment in the book’s future, one that can pay off well if carefully considered. I’m curious, as a reader, have you ever judged a book by its cover?