Go ahead: Judge away
Everyone knows they shouldn’t, but we all judge books by their covers. And maybe we should. In today’s publishing world, a good cover represents an investment in the sale of that particular book. If a book isn’t expected to sell well, why would a publisher shell out for a talented cover designer when they can have an intern cobble something together for barely nothing?
A bad cover might also be the sign of a bad publishing company, or a company that doesn’t really care about books in general. But there have been some absolutely stunning cover designs coming out on books from across the spectrum, from classics to popular fiction.
Recently, Publishers Weekly posted a list of nine beautiful book covers — the covers that inspired this post, actually. In addition to those, I think we all know how I feel about Coralie Bickford-Smith’s covers for Penguin Classics’ hardbound editions. Their children’s’ imprint, Puffin Classics, has begun to release new editions of favorites with smartly-designed covers that actually made me debate giving Anne of Green Gables another chance.
I realize this is starting to read like an advertorial for Penguin (my feelings about Penguin are unsponsored and from the heart, I assure you). But my current favorite cover is on a book from Grand Central Publishing, The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon. The design features a simple silhouette and delicate typography so captivating that I find myself picking it up everytime I see it.
What about you? What are your favorite covers? Do you judge books by how pretty they are?