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tgoyetteebook covers?2013-09-15 20:53:40
tgoyetteWith traditional print books, one of the first things that attracts to a particular novel is the cover. When purchasing an ebook, does the cover matter as much?2013-09-15 20:54:00
mark211I don't know how other people feel about this but I have got to say that not only do I think the cover still matters but that I think it matters a great deal - moreover, I think this should be of particular interest to all those interested in going down non-mainstream, alternative routes, i.e. self-publishing, of course, but also publishing through smaller presses, especially digital publishing houses only. The low cost of picking up a digital book means that I'm even more willing (ignoring Charity Shop 2nd hand book sales) to pick up a book on the off-chance that it might turn out to be OK, without there being a name, a review from a trusted source or a personal recommendation from a friend. Without any of the latter, the *only* things that are going to make me want to give it a try are the combination of the cover and the title. I gave Chris Beckett's 'The Turing Test' a punt on the title and the cover alone, having no other knowledge of the book - the same has been true of 'The Elephant Vanishes' (Murakami) and 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being' (Kundera) - True enough, all those examples were hard print copies but I'm finding the same thing now that I'm buying more and more e-books via my Kindle. When an e-book is a £0.00 / $0.00 purchase, it sometimes suggests to me that the contents will probably not be worthwhile reading (Harsh? sure, True? very often in my experience). In the same way, a cover that is amateurish or else poorly chosen* can be very off-putting. Incidentally, I often notice that the worst covers are not those that have chosen a bad picture but those that have paid no attention to the Typography or the Layout - awful type will tarnish the best of images. So in short - yes, I think it still matters - even more so if you're an 'unknown' as it were (*By poorly chosen, I mean a cover that looks dated or else one that appears to make the book look as it if it is intended for a teen/tween readership but which turns out to have very R-17 rated content!) 2013-09-16 13:27:30
I feel book art is important and adds to the overall experience. I draw as well as write and I do look at the covers, paper or e-book carefully. Sometime when I go into a book store I just go to view the book covers. They are wonderful, well not all, but the talent that is out there, the numbers of artists is amazing. Which leads me to this thought, like writing, there are a lot of us, and only a few make it to the top tier, it's the same with art and music. I'm older, in my 60's, and I don't expect to be in that group. I'd like to be but "success" takes years, tears and some decent connections to get that door opened. My best to all artists/creators of all stripes. And quality matters. 2013-09-17 04:48:50
I forgot to add my name to the comment above, Rick Tornello2013-09-17 07:06:07
rwhegwoodI think a good cover is very important in these very visual times. A bad cover can really damage a reader's perception of a book. The cover is an advertisement, an enticement to pick up the book, open it, and read a little. It's all about getting the book into a reader's hands. This is true even in the digital world. If I don't like the thumbnail, the odd's are I won't click on it to see a bigger version, and if I don't like what I see in the bigger version I'm not likely to open the book to test the waters. These are my do not touch signs: 1. Ill designed/slapdash or monkey with photoshop and a font library: Thoughtless unprofessional cover says thoughtless or likely deeply amateur book…likely a train wreck of typos, tom swifties, cliches, and badly conceived technobabble/arcanobabble. 2. Frazetta was here barbarian babes in sabertooth fur bikini armor, bubblegum head astronaut meets BEM and is Amazed…basically any cover that relies on hyperbolic genre stereotypes from 50 or so years ago: This says mother load of cliches and ill worn out tropes. Unless it's a disc world style send up of hyperbolic genre stereotypes, I'm probably out. 3. Steamretro wallpaper vomit. That style of book cover went out for a reason…it is very hard to do well and to match cover to content…non professional attempts come off as badly executed, overly busy, and pretentious. Bad wallpaper book covers say watch for overinflated egos and saccharine slides…and people so very into their attempts at faux authenticity that no one can tell them they need serious editorial help because they are not the naked apotheosis eminent geniuses they think they are. Now…I may be wrong about the quality of the book for any number of reasons…but it the book cover says amateur, or self important wannabe, I'm not going to consider the book at all, I'll just thumb past it to something else. Maybe if someone recommends the book I might go back and reconsider, but only then. Book covers that are cleanly designed with our without illustrative pictures/symbols/paintings, which images, if present present a compelling dramatic hook…those get my attention. Three that come immediately to mind are some of the original release covers to the Plieocene Saga series by Julian May, in particular, the covers of The Many Colored Land, and the Nonborn King. it is a landscape full of characters in glowing crystaline armor in ritualistic poses…like they were posing for statues or centuries of mythic heroic motif….it made me courteous as to what all this magnificent panoply was about. Because of the covers I discovered for myself one of the great series in Science Fiction history. Another that caught my eye was one of the first releases of Book of the Dun Cow. It showed the main character, a rooster, crowing framed by a glowing golden nimbus. It was a beautiful striking cover with very evocative …and again ritualistic imagery…so I bought it and discovered one of the great animal fables of the 20th century. So…yes, good professionally executed covers matter very much.2013-09-17 19:21:37
micheledutcherI wouldn't buy an ebook without a professional looking cover. Fortunately, I have a friend at work who is a professional graphic artist, and she (Stephanie Lancaster) helps me with my covers. Thanks Steph! 2013-09-18 05:01:18
micheledutcherSince we're talking about covers, there's a guy here in Kentucky (about an hour away from me) who is supposed to be pretty good at fantasy covers: Larry Elmore. He does the dragons and Vikings and all that. There's an article about him this week in the LEO weekly, if you want to check him out. LEOWEEKLY.COM 2013-09-19 13:21:38





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