Judging A Book By Its Cover

Do you judge books by their covers? Despite the saying that attempts to lead everyone away from judging a book by its cover. It seems that is exactly what everyone does.

I'm not the only one who judges book covers, apparently a lot of people do. The New Yorker writes about the The Decline and Fall of the Book Cover and there is also a lot of debate about gendered book covers

I personally am unabashed about judging a book by its cover, I appreciate book cover art so much that I often have to convince myself to not buy a book only due to its cover. I realize when I am being marketed to and am very conscious of a bad design.

Maybe its the novice graphic designer in me that just cannot help but appreciate simple, straightforward and artistic book covers. 

Here are some award winning book covers:

Amy Stewart's work and book covers are amazing. 

Amy Stewart's work and book covers are amazing

419 by Will Ferguson; design by Dan Mogford (Head of Zeus)

419 by Will Ferguson; design by Dan Mogford (Head of Zeus)

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt; design by Keith Hayes (Little, Brown)

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt; design by Keith Hayes (Little, Brown)

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane; design by Charlotte Strick (Faber & Faber)

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane; design by Charlotte Strick (Faber & Faber)

This title just makes my day.

This title just makes my day.

All the Birds, Singing, next to her first, After the Fire, A Still Small Voice

All the Birds, Singing, next to her first, After the Fire, A Still Small Voice

Brave Genius by Sean Carroll; design by Elena Giavaldi (Crown)

Brave Genius by Sean Carroll; design by Elena Giavaldi (Crown)

Luminaries by Eleanor Catton; design by Jenny Grigg (Granta)

Luminaries by Eleanor Catton; design by Jenny Grigg (Granta)

(Interesting note: all three of the editors on Fern & Fog are in the same book club. We probably have gotten to know each other really well this way.)

How about you? Do you judge a book by its cover?