Discussion: Judging a Book By Its Cover

October 27, 2017     erinbook     Discussion, Feature


Everyone always says “don’t judge a book by its cover” which, while I understand is not actually about books, is something we totally all do.

How many of you see a cover reveal and check out a book description just because the cover looked cool?

What about at the bookstore? Do you ever pick a book off a table or shelf to look at it because of a pretty cover?

And who hasn’t passed by a book because it had an absolutely awful cover that didn’t convey its awesomeness only to discover later that the book was incredibly good?

Don’t lie, we’ve all done all of these.



We judge books by their covers, that’s why books HAVE covers. It’s why publishers spend money on design artists and marketing for cover reveals Because a good cover catches the eye better than a bad cover.

First you catch the eye to get attention, then you get them reading the description. So a book without a good cover loses out on not only the pretty packaging, but also on that attention grabber that brings in the average reader.

So the next time you go to judge a book by its cover keep in mind that that’s exactly what the cover is there for. But read the description, and don’t let that pretty cover distract you.


What are your favorite covers?

What was a book that had a pretty cover that turned out to be not so good?

And name a book with a crappy cover that you loved.

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below.

From my shelf to yours,



One response to “Discussion: Judging a Book By Its Cover

  1. I judge a book by its cover. #sorrynotsorry.

    I mean, let’s be real here. Going to a bookstore that is filled with so many books, people are more prone to take a peek on the beautiful eye-catching books more than the one with covers so plain that it looks like the publisher don’t even bother to find a good graphic designer.

    Some of the books that in my cover porn list are:
    1. The Selection Series. The books are meh for me but I couldn’t deny that the all of the book covers are gorgeous.
    2. Strange The Dreamer. It’s blue and blue is my favourite colour.
    3. All of Penguin Classics Edition. The Drop Caps edition would look good on my bookshelf but #nomoney
    4. Puffin Hardcover Classics Book Set.

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