Don’t judge a book by its cover… or should you?

What is it about a book cover that captures your interest and attention?  Perhaps it is the illustrations, the font, the color scheme or the material.  With the number of books available, I’ve found myself silently walking the aisles of a bookstore, scanning the bookshelves until something catches my eye.  It could be an interesting cover or a beautiful book spine — I love the leatherbound editions of books and also love the Everyman’s Library collection.

I think back to my college days when my roommate and I were browsing Barnes & Noble and she picked up a book with a beautiful “artsy” cover (we both loved our Art History class).  A few years later, she read the book and loved it. The book was A.S. Byatt’s Possession.  It made me wonder if that book would have caught her attention with a different cover, and whether she would have discovered this book that she loved.

One of my new loves are the clothbound Penguin classics series.  Beautiful covers, so of course I can justify picking up yet another copy of Austen and Dickens.  While we are on the topic of book covers, I’m also very particular about books with movie tie-ins or covers. I just can’t imagine wanting an actor or actress on the cover of a book when the individual may or may not be what I pictured while reading the book.  And a movie is never as good as the book, but that’s a topic for another day…

Penguin books



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