Here is a great post on the subject of book covers. Enjoy.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a bit of an amateur aficionado of book cover design. I grew up on the amazing artwork of fantasy and science-fiction book covers, and I’ve always been fascinated by them: Do they represent something in the book? Do they conceptualize the theme? And perhaps most importantly: How did they do that?!
The Art of First Impressions
Everyone knows the saying, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” Typically, we use this phrase for a wide variety of topics that have nothing whatsoever to do with books and covers, but rather as an admonition against discrimination against people for things over which they have no control: race, gender, orientation, disability, and so on.
The phrase is almost never used when talking about books themselves. Every day, in any city in the world, you can walk into bookstores and watch millions of people judging books…
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