While acknowledging that we can’t judge books by their covers, how much does the design of a book affect your reading enjoyment? Hardcover vs. softcover? Trade paperback vs. mass market paperback? Font? Illustrations? Etc.?
I love the sensation of opening a brand new book, with crisp unturned pages and a shiny beautiful cover. Holding and smelling a brand new book is a definite pleasure. However, the story is really the thing, so if what is on the inside transports me to another place the outside really is immaterial to my enjoyment.
I am notorious for judging books by their covers. A very bad habit I know. I am sure I have missed out on lots of books I would have loved. I can overcome my dislike of a cover only when everyone round me has raved about a book so much I feel I have to read it. Two classic cases Number 9 Dream by David Mitchell and The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. It works the other way too I have been seduced into buying some truly terrible books by their beautiful covers.
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Thursday, 27 March 2008
This week’s question comes from Julie, who asks: