One genre of novel I would never read is the historical romance. So I only need to glance at a cover like this one, before moving on :). I'm sure it's a perfectly lovely book, and that gazillions of people have read and enjoyed it, but the cover tells me straight away that it's not for me.
The cover has a huge role to play in marketing and advertising, and then in gaining readers. I have watched the students I teach when we are making a library visit; most often they briefly scan the cover and quickly return it to the shelf, without bothering to turn it over to read the blurb on the back. That book has only a split second to grab and hold them.
This post was inspired by a post by Bookman Beattie (see here). The book appeals to me straight away, not just because of the interesting face, but also because of the intriguing 'twist' in the title. I can't wait to find out!
'On Tender Hooks' by Isabel Samaras available here.
Some covers which have appealed to me recently:
|Designed by Reuben Crossman|
|Designer John Coulthart|
|Cameron Gibb's design|
|Designed by Sarah Laing|
|Designer Tony Palmer|
Of course the contents are what matter, but a good book cover is a work of art in itself - and just like any other work of art, liking or disliking it will be a matter of personal taste.