Does a cover make you want to read a book?

January 25, 2017 9:43pm CST
I think everyone here must have heard the expression "Never judge a book by its cover.", right? But for you, does this expression make sense? Some time ago, this expression made sense to me because I missed the opportunity to read several great books because I didn't like the cover. This doesn't happen today, because a cover does not say much about any book. But I confess, that a well-made cover still draws my attention very much.
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@Mike197602 (13895)
• United Kingdom
26 Jan 17
A cover never influences me. I go by reviews and a precis of the story.
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28 Jan 17
@Mike197602 Reviews can help a lot.
@Gillygirl (17373)
• Sutton, England
26 Jan 17
I go by the author and genre rather than the cover. I have most of my books through my kindle now.
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28 Jan 17
@Gillygirl The autor means a lot.
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@JudyEv (134903)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Jan 17
Sometimes a cover is all you have to go on to make a judgement about whether you want to read the book or not.
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@Shellyann36 (11273)
• United States
26 Jan 17
I do tend to look at the cover but at the same time, even if the cover does not interest me I will look beyond that.
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28 Jan 17
@Shellyann36 That's the right thing to do, because the book can be good.
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@Shellyann36 (11273)
• United States
1 Feb 17
@TheInvisibleMan I always check out the epilog on a book. The title also has to be intriguing for me as well to want to pick the book up to begin with.
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1 Feb 17
@Shellyann36 Good tips.
@shaynas (5527)
• India
26 Jan 17
Not the cover, but epilogue does that to me. I don't read book if i don't like the epilogue.
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28 Jan 17
@shaynas But, if the story is good? What do you do?
@shaynas (5527)
• India
29 Jan 17
@TheInvisibleMan I don't read the book if i don't like the book. But if someone recommends it as a good read, i go ahead and read it.
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29 Jan 17
@shaynas That's kinda fair.
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@Meramar (2727)
26 Jan 17
Usually, I read the title and the summary on the backside first. That helps me a lot to decide if I choose one book or another one. But, there is also a proverb saying an image says more than one thousand words. A photo can tell us a lot about the content if it is well chosen.
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28 Jan 17
@Meramar Read the summary can be a help.
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@Meramar (2727)
28 Jan 17
@TheInvisibleMan That's right.
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@syeow1 (4960)
• India
26 Jan 17
I think cover explains a lot ..
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28 Jan 17
@syeow1 Not always. It could be just marketing... Don't you think?
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@syeow1 (4960)
• India
29 Jan 17
@TheInvisibleMan yes it's marketing what it discribe s what is inside.the boo!.
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29 Jan 17
@syeow1 Yeah.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
26 Jan 17
The book cover is very important. It affects my perception of the book as well but I am trying to overcome that and look at the story first.
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28 Jan 17
@besweet I think the sroty has to come in 1st place.
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@besweet (7227)
• Greece
28 Jan 17
@TheInvisibleMan Yes it definitely does.
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@magallon (18116)
• Philippines
26 Jan 17
the cover attracts a reader. i am not a real book reader but everytime i am attracted by a book cover, i usually go into its pages.
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28 Jan 17
@magallon That's right.
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@magallon (18116)
• Philippines
30 Jan 17
@shubhu3 (18542)
• New Delhi, India
26 Jan 17
Yeah I agree with you. A well made cover draws my attention yet I read the plot and then only decide which one to buy.
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28 Jan 17
@shubhu3 Yeah. After all, what matters is the story.
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@shubhu3 (18542)
• New Delhi, India
29 Jan 17
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@averygirl72 (16617)
• Philippines
27 Jan 17
I'm attracted to books with good covers. What's important is the content really so you must not judge the book by it's cover only. Book reviews will help
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28 Jan 17
@averygirl72 Reviews usually are very effective.
• United States
26 Jan 17
The cover doesn't mean anything to me it is the description on the back of it that makes me want to read it. Sometimes the covers look interesting but the summary of it doesn't sound interesting.
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28 Jan 17
@CaseyRoss9966 Yeah, covers can be tricky.
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@JohnRoberts (63315)
• Los Angeles, California
26 Jan 17
I go by the description inside the cover, who the author is and flipping through the text.
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28 Jan 17
@JohnRoberts The autor is one of the most important things.
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@FayeHazel (20079)
• United States
26 Jan 17
Me too, alas, I tend to judge by how attractive I find the cover
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28 Jan 17
@FayeHazel But, are you still doing that?
@lealuvy2j (1989)
• Philippines
26 Jan 17
Yes sometimes it does. Im a real bookworm and if the title of the book is interesting to me, I usually go by to actually reading the whole book. I'm not sure if we are talking about the same thing since it is the book title which is usually in the front cover of the book that I am talking about.
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28 Jan 17
@lealuvy2j Sometimes, the cover can be tricky.
@Dnuobrats (185)
• United States
26 Jan 17
It's what's inside that counts... some covers will catch your eye and peek your interest and curiosity I agree,however,myself personally, I always open it and peek inside ;) xx
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28 Jan 17
@Dnuobrats The story is what sells the book.
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@haazaah (225)
• Pakistan
27 Jan 17
I always judge a book by its table of content... cover don't impress me...
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@hostessman (10002)
• Tucson, Arizona
27 Jan 17
I like to see a nice cover but it doen't bother me
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@EddieHands (37807)
• United States
26 Jan 17
Yes especially if the cover looks scary.I love a good scary story.
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@cahaya1983 (10038)
• Malaysia
26 Jan 17
I've judged a lot of books by their covers but that's only because that's where the synopsis is . Design wise - I don't really care much.
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