Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Pull of the Book Cover

How many of you grabbed a book just because you loved the cover design so much?

I have always been a fan of cover design. Most times, I get intrigued by either a book's title or design cover and they're mostly the deciding factor when I buy books. That's why when I learned from the blog hop that this week's question is "What is your favorite book cover?", I quickly ran through my mind all my favorites, and came up with the book, When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead:

(Photo taken from Goodreads)

I like the simple and clean but creative concept. I'm a really big fan of drawings, and next to reading books, I also love to draw, which a lot of friends tell me look really weird:

So it comes as no surprise that I really love Ruben Toledo's revamping of some of the classics, particularly his take on the cover of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice:

(Photo taken from Coco Chanel Puffs)

However, a great title/cover design does not a great book make. Sometimes, the really dull-looking books offer the best reads. I'm not going to cite examples though, since appearances are relative, but I bet you've had moments when you got a really cool-looking book and minutes after reading, you just wanted to throw it away. Or there were those times when you couldn't care less about the cover but found a real treasure of a story inside.

On the whole, I'm sure you're thinking that this is just an excuse to get my drawings out there - well maybe it is, but just so you know, I only draw for fun. But I am very interested in books, as well as the psychology that the cover design evokes.

So are you influenced by cover design and/or titles when you pick a book?


  1. I'm definitely influenced by cover design- I bought the Luxe series based on the covers (not the best move).
    I like your drawings- especially the medical ones (is it bad tablet, good capsule)?

  2. i have purchased loads of books because of the cover designs. it's really important to have a strong and appealing cover. it helps on how the book will sell and stuff.

  3. I really like your whale drawing :D It's really cute! And yeah, sometimes I judge a book by its cover. Or I'll pick it up because it has a really pretty cover, then read the sypnosis to see if it sounds interesting... but so far, I haven't really ran into any bad books by judging a book by its cover.

  4. Thank you Sam and Cleo :D although I haven't thought of those capsule and tablet in that way, that's a great one, thanks!

    I got Boy Meets Boy and Kira-Kira just because of their covers, and they were really very good.

    There was this one time, when I went to the bookstore to get Lady Chatterly's Lover by D.H. Lawrence, and I was confronted with like four different book editions with different covers. I took the plainest-looking one - the story is going to be the same anyway, and that was the one that cost less :D

    But there was also this one time I was really transfixed by this particular book because of the cover, but when I read the blurb, I was like, "meh."

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  7. This is good stuff. You're very talented. It's not typical, not over done either. I like the girl in the rain best. New Follower.


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