I’ve rejected quite a few books based on their cover design. But I’ve only become conscious of that now, after reading this blog post. I especially dislike gold and silver, glittery covers that dazzle in the light of the sombre bookstore and look so out of place!
Read this article to know about different approaches to cover designs and a nice recommendation of two books and of a BBC documentary.
I recently finished reading a secondhand copy of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, a gripping re-construction of the senseless murder of the Clutter family in 1959 and an investigation into the minds of the the killers, combined with testimonies of those close to them and the deceased.
I had picked up this copy of In Cold Blood (published by Signet, 1980) together with a 1975 edition of John Steinbeck’s The Winter of Our Discontent at Nijinski. Both books are excellent and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend anyone to read them. My only gripe is the unimaginative and cheesy covers of these editions!
When I showed AB the books and lamented about the awful book art, he said that such cheesy book covers remind him of “cereal boxes in the supermarket, shouting for your attention.”
How many times have I returned a book to the shelf or purchased an unknown…
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