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Judging a book by its cover

Post images of book covers you like, or give mention to titles you bought due to a cover illustration you found interesting. If you want, add how the material worked out.



I bought this because I found the cover intriguing. It was truly worth it, one of my favourites.

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I have half a mind to delete that as it's kinda off-topic, although I don't wish to paint myself a hypocrite.

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You can't judge books that way because the publishers take such liberties with the cover art that it's sometimes just an abstract piece of art that doesn't say anything about the book.

You can judge other things by cover, however. Like movies. When I see a movie poster I immediately know if it's worth seeing or not. CDs are like that. Can't tell whether an okay looking album is mediocre or great, but the really awful ones tip you off.

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You can't judge books that way because the publishers take such liberties with the cover art that it's sometimes just an abstract piece of art that doesn't say anything about the book.
I know what you mean. Especially I've noticed on the Chinese versions of certain books in which the publishers throw images of ballerinas for some reason in a crime novel which doesn't involve any crime towards ballerinas.

Sean Penn judges books on their cover, by the way. He became aware of "Into the Wild" as he found the cover interesting.

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Buch of politically correct commies

Either you can not judge a book at all or you can judge by the cover, since in the cover there is the tittle and the name of the author, two very important things.

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I like to judge a book by it's cover
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Nice designs. What are those books about, by the way? I know this isn't applying strictly to the topic, but I don't care. What matters to me is that this forum is kept active enough.

I suppose they're thrillers.

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I guess people would say it's girlie stuff
In my bookshop it was under "children's" but I think it was misplaced

Well, I can't really describe it, because I would make it sound cheesy and childish, when in reality it is awesome
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That frustrates me, books which are described as fitting in the 8 - 12 age range when I know full well the mature content that can be found inside.

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I have bought a few books because I liked the cover design and avoided some I eventually liked because I hated the cover. We actually live in a good period for cover art and design, relatively speaking. Once I saw an old 1950s version of The Grapes of Wrath with some dude and chick on the cover looking like they were about to visit the Copa with Jayne Mansfield and Sam Giancana to see a floor show. I think I missed that part of the story amidst all the poverty and Okies.

You know the scene it's very hum-drum
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I suppose I could open a new thread for this post, although I've been opening a lot and feel it would be excessive to take this step once more. Also, what I'm about to say does relate somewhat to front covers.

The Bronte sisters composed a series of poems which they had published under more masculine-sounding pseudonyms. No doubt the situation has changed since then, but how much?

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Maybe i'm misunderstanding the question but if the question is have i ever not read a book because it was writen by a woman? or bought another book instead because it was writen by a man? than i would have to say no and i would be surprised if anyone else picks a book by gender of the author in this day and age.

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I suppose I could open a new thread for this post, although I've been opening a lot and feel it would be excessive to take this step once more. Also, what I'm about to say does relate somewhat to front covers.

The Bronte sisters composed a series of poems which they had published under more masculine-sounding pseudonyms. No doubt the situation has changed since then, but how much?
there was two georgie doing the same indeed, but a bit of Bronte sisters was due the nature of their reclusion also. They could have published it with their names which would save a lot of useless controversy about the authorship.
By the way, Emily is a great great poet. She clearly was almost in the level of the best and her quick death just stopped a very strong creative power.
But yes, the Name of the author is in the cover.
The Title is in the cover, imagine if Ulisses by Joyce had another name? That is the greatest clue for understanding his book.

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you should never judge a book by its cover.
It is true, but many pply buy books after only the cover (after title, cover picture and few sentences on back)
So a well-produced cover can improve the success of the book significantly.
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