Judging a Book By Its Cover

Judging a Book by Its Cover

I take the bus to and from work every day, and thus have been reading quite a bit. I find that as a visual person it is extremely hard to not judge the book by its cover. The cover is exactly how I pick out a book. If the cover interests me, then I assume the inside will, too. Sure, I read the blurb on the back, but my first impression is from the cover. I would never even think to pick up a book with enormous, gaudy type sprawled across the front displaying some random person’s name in a fiery gradient background. I want to see images—tell me a visual story before I get to the written story.

I like to look through all the covers at the library just waiting for something to pop out at me. Bright colors, crisp photography, typography, type and image interaction. With shelves filled to the brims with books, a book cover has to be something really special to catch my attention.

The cover for Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” fits perfectly with the style of writing Foer uses. The clustered, confusion and chaos in the cover is also represented in the story he tells.

Disclosure: just because a book has a wonderfully designed cover does not mean it’s a good read. I think the content of a book is mainly personal preference, but even a good-looking cover can’t save a terrible book. I absolutely hated 1984, and absolutely love that book cover. Those sneaky quotation eyes give me the creeps! The cover represents the book well, I just wasn’t a big fan of Big Brother.

Above, you’ll find some of my all time favorite book covers, old and new.