Please Judge Books by Their Covers, I Beg You
There's no general platitude quite like "don't judge a book by its cover" to drive me batty. If you're like me, you’ve picked up a book at a bookstore or library and read it simply because you liked the cover art.
That's actually how I found one of my favorite novels of all time: A Partial History of Lost Causes. I'd decided I had to have it even before reading the summary on the back of the book. Seriously, just look at that cover art!
My favorite imprint, Riverhead Books, is also particularly good at cover art. I love following their design adventures on Instagram.
Book cover designers collaborate with editors and publishing houses to create a cover that is memorable and marketable. And it’s no simple feat! Often, the cover art is conceptualized up to two years before the book is even published. From there, it goes through many iterations and adaptations over time which is why those covers we remember are that much more impressive.
Thanks to the good folks at Invaluable for letting me use that nifty infographic.
Do you have a favorite book cover? Or do you love the cover art from a particular publisher or artist? Let me know in the comments below!