Cover or Title? What Prompts You to Select a Book to Read?

Posted: March 1, 2015 in Book Thoughts


A lot of the books on my To Be Read list were chosen simply because of the cover. When you look at the cover art, how could you not be drawn to see what lies beneath? Granted, I still choose a lot of books by title and description. But, every now and then a great cover just begs to be read. What criteria do you use to choose a book? Drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you.

Just finished Lori M. Lee’s “Infinite”. Look for the review in the next couple of days! Ms. Lee if you’re reading–please tell me there’s another installment of this tale.

  1. I was in a book shop with my kids yesterday and I paid attention to what they were drawn to and what I was drawn to. It was covers every time that led us to grab a book and pick it up. This worked better and quicker where they had books laid out in piles on small tables with the cover showing. We were lingering around these tables more than the book shelves where only spines were showing. The kids were drawn to bright covers, eye catching colours and arrangements, and to be honest so was I! For me it was a combination of cover and title, but the cover caught my eye and the title then made me pick it up. The blurb on the back would be the deciding factor in whether I bought it or not, and some made me put them back down again. But yes, it really does seem to be covers!

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    • Before e-books, picking a book was a more involved process: 1. Interesting title 2. Read the blurb on the back 3. first line of chapter one 3. Read the last line of the last chapter. E-books have essentially made the process a little more deliberate. Catchy cover, catchy title and interesting description.


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