To Judge or Not To Judge…
Earlier this week, fans of the Kate Daniels series were treated to a look at the cover for next summer’s Magic Breaks. In case you didn’t see it… I’ve included the gorgeous cover in all of its glory. Personally, I think its the best Kate cover yet, and it is visually stunning.
The exclusive look at this cover, along with a few other big cover reveals we’ve seen over the past year, got me wondering: how relevant are big production cover reveals in the digital age?
While some books are still going with covers that are big and beautiful (and sometimes with large fanfare over the first peek), others are more modest to nonexistent. In addition, I’ve noticed that digital-only releases, which historically had simple covers, are more and more frequently getting cover art that is designed specifically for ebooks. However, with ebooks, one very rarely looks at the cover. When I download a book to my Kindle, typically the book opens at the table of contents or the start of the first chapter. If I want to see the cover, I have to back-page. Sometimes it’s not even there.
I can see the benefits for sales of having an eye-catching cover. Whether one purchases a physical book from a store or shops the shelves of an online retailer, most people still judge a book by its cover. Even if a reader never looks at the cover once its downloaded, they may have purchased it because of the cover viewed online.
So what about you? Do you judge a book by its cover – even if you purchase an ebook? What do you think about big production cover reveals? Does it make you want to buy a book more, less, or it makes no difference? Any other comments about book covers?
Thank you for stopping by to chat! Happy Reading!