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#BookBloggerHop: Are Covers a Deciding Factor?

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to their own blog.

I posted last topic on a Wednesday, so now I am giving number two a try on a Sunday. I might change it to a different day next week, so, for now, this is my own version of a “hop” as it is posted a different day each time.


Topic Run Dates: April 9th – 15th, 2021

Question

Does the cover of a book affect whether you are more willing to read it? (submitted by Julie @ JadeSky)


Answer

Ideally, I would like to pretend the answer is no, however, the reality, for me, is a little more complicated than that.

If it is an author that I am familiar with, then I do not take the cover into account. If I enjoyed their other novels, then I usually choose to read a novel based on the synopsis or, for some authors, I will select that novel on blind faith alone (just read it no just because it was written by a certain author).

If I do not know the author and I am staring at a selection of novels either in a my vast digital library or in a bookstore, I will admit that the cover does affect if I initially take a closer look at it or not. I do not have the time to look at the synopsis for every single book out there (I have over 10,000 digital books that I were either gifted, got for free, or I actually bought), so judging by the cover narrows down the field.

A cover can also make or break my decision if it is a cover replaced by a movie or tv show scene. An example is Outlander (pretending that I do not have previous knowledge of the series) is that I would be more inclined to pick-up the original cover, whereas I might not give the tv show version a second look.

Original
TV Version

Now, if I have a book recommended to me or if I see a book that might interest me for any reason, then the cover does not affect my willingness to read it. In these cases, I can use my ideal selection method, which is to look at the synopsis and see if it intrigues me or not.

Essentially, there is no clear cut answer for this question as there are a lot of factors involving a cover. The covers are used to narrow down my options in the vast sea of novels available, but they are not the “be all end all” as the synopsis ultimately is my deciding factor to read a book.

What about you? Does the cover a book affect your willingness to read it?

11 thoughts on “#BookBloggerHop: Are Covers a Deciding Factor?

  1. Yep, guilty. I have bought a book just for its cover and been disappointed with the contents on more than one occasion. I’ve also been known to pay more than I should for a book just because I wanted the nicer cover. A pretty cover definitely makes more want to read an interesting-sounding book more too.

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  2. A cover is what draws me in and makes me want to read it but I will still read a book even if the cover is bad if it has been rec’d to me. I will still be really salty about the cover though! Haha!

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    1. Thank you! For authors that I know and enjoy, I sometimes do not even look at the cover and just pick it up to read – then after I read it, I will decide where it lives on my shelves for display 😛

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