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Are you a cover snob?
« on: October 08, 2011, 01:55 PM »
After a few discussions about book covers I decided to start a thread dealing with book covers and whether or not you 'judge a book by it's cover' hehehe ;)

Do you base your ebook purchases on whether or not the cover is appealing to you? What are your favorite and least favorite book covers? Feel free to post links of photo's of book covers you love or hate.

 

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Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2011, 01:57 PM »
I must say that I am, in fact, a total cover snob and have bought many books that pretty much sucked based on the fact that the cover drew me in, and I have probably missed out on just as many great books because I hated the covers. *bows head in shame*

 

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Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2011, 01:59 PM »
Eeeh, my answer is a resounding YES! So shallow, I know. In my defense I don't always fall for the cover. :P
As for favorite and least favorite covers, uh, I have to shuffle through and actually look through the favorite ones, as for the opposite, I can't say I know, I don't really pay attention to those. :S
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I must say that I am, in fact, a total cover snob and have bought many books that pretty much sucked based on the fact that the cover drew me in, and I have probably missed out on just as many great books because I hated the covers. *bows head in shame*
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Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2011, 02:49 PM »
When it comes to authors I know and love/hate I go by experience. Otherwise I have definitely picked up books solely on their cover, but I don't judge just on that, I also read the blurb.
But an ugly cover on a book I haven't heard of before? I don't even notice it most of the time.
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Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2011, 06:47 PM »
i am guilty of a book cover catching my eye but once i get past the cover i read the description of the book to see if its worth it or not.. i cant really say that ive bought a book just for its cover without even knowing what its about.
 

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Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2011, 07:38 PM »
Yes, I am  ;D

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Was for the cover  ;D  I didn't even stop to read the synopsis first, lol. 
"God, if he wasn’t so handsome, strong,
sometimes sweet, didn’t have a Harley, that beard, a tendency to play with my hair, didn’t look so good in jeans and wasn’t so danged good in bed, he would seriously not be worth it."
 

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Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2011, 08:00 PM »
Absolutely!!!

After all it's the cover that first catches your eye. Unless it's an author I know and love (in which case it doesn't matter what the cover looks like) I first go by the cover. I must say I'm more apt to NOT read a book based on the cover though. Some books you look at them and wonder what the heck they were thinking!!

Of course after seeing the book I've got to read a little to make up my mind. :) I can't just go by the cover only.

Some covers I think are really beautiful:

Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
Fallen, Torment, Passion by Lauren Kate
 

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Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2011, 10:31 PM »
Yes, I am. Usually read the blurbs too but a nice cover does entice. And similarly, a not so nice cover puts me off sometimes. Remember the cover for "Beautiful Disaster", did not even read the blurb until I read a no. of good reviews for the book and then read both the blurb and the book inspite of the cover :).
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Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2011, 07:47 PM »
This is to funny. I just realized I'm a complete cover snob hehe. A few of my reading buddies keep telling me to read Christine Feehan's novels but I just can't bring myself to do it cause the covers are so cheesy.
 

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Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2011, 08:35 PM »
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Actually most covers are getting much better these days, if you look at some of the covers from like 2005, for example I went back and reread the a couple of series' and the first covers are horrible, especially compared to reprints and the later books.

I actually prefer some of the older covers vs those of the reprints- one example would be L.J. Smith's Night World series. (Check the links below for pics of each) Maybe that's just me though ;)

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I mean sure, in the original covers they all had super bad 80's/90's hair but the covers were scarier, more indepth whereas nowadays its all about the appeal of physical appearances....no offense to anyone but our generation is all about '$ex appeal' over quality and imagination....
 

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Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2011, 12:20 AM »
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This is to funny. I just realized I'm a complete cover snob hehe. A few of my reading buddies keep telling me to read Christine Feehan's novels but I just can't bring myself to do it cause the covers are so cheesy.

I just added her to my list of books NOT to read in the other thread, lol.  The one I tried to listen to on audio WAS cheesy, lol.  She has a HUGE following, but I can't bring myself to even try again, the one I listened to was so bad. 
"God, if he wasn’t so handsome, strong,
sometimes sweet, didn’t have a Harley, that beard, a tendency to play with my hair, didn’t look so good in jeans and wasn’t so danged good in bed, he would seriously not be worth it."
 

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Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2011, 04:31 AM »
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When it comes to authors I know and love/hate I go by experience. Otherwise I have definitely picked up books solely on their cover, but I don't judge just on that, I also read the blurb.
But an ugly cover on a book I haven't heard of before? I don't even notice it most of the time.

Same with me I go by the authors I love, read the description.  Fortunately I am only disappointed with how the story goes that I don't notice their covers.  But for the sake of giving books as gift I go for covers first then the story  :)
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Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2011, 01:11 PM »
Sadly, I'm a bit of a cover snob   :-[  :P LOL I don't choose a book solely by its cover, actually, but if I never heard of it, I surely check the synopsis when the cover catches my eye.


Some awful (or bland/so-so) books with beautiful covers
- The Immortal series (Alyson Noël) (it's the same in the US and in my country)
- Evernight series (Claudia Grey) (it's the same in the US and in my country)
- I heart you, you haunt me (Lisa Shroeder)


Some amazing books with awful (or bland/so-so) covers
- The Mediator (Meg Cabot) (the original ones both in the US and in my country)
- She went all the way (Meg Cabot) (the original one both in the US and in my country)
- Beastly (Alex Flinn)
- Sookie Stackhouse series (by Charlaine Harris) (the original ones in the US)
- (edit >> I forgot this one)  Vampire Academy series (by Richelle Mead)

Some amazing books with amazing covers
- Hush Hush series (by Becca Fitzpatrick) (it's the same in the US and in my country)
- The Mediator series (by Meg Cabot) (the new covers in my country)
- The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner  (by Stephenie Meyer) (it's the same in the US and in my country)
- Gallagher Girls series (by Ally Carter)
- A Match Made in High School (by Kristin Walker)
- The Hunger Games (by Suzanne Collins)


Oh and I read a lot based on friends' recommendation :)
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Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2011, 02:42 PM »
I like to have a cover but it's not necessary. I am a bookworm and will read or try to read just about anything ;)
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Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2011, 02:52 PM »
Yes, yes and YES! I am a book cover snob! I hate to download/purchase books with missing covers. I have no idea why the cover is so important. (Maybe therapy will help me to dig deeper).  ;) I have ebooks that I haven't even read, just because the cover was HOT! I begin to read them, but for some reason the page won't turn! Who knew!?! Anyway, that's my confession, keep it between us.  ;D
 

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Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2011, 12:13 PM »
I like to have the covers but it is not necessary.  I have gone and copied covers from book sites and author sites and put one on in Calibre. Sometimes the pixels aren't right but at least the thumbnails are there.
 

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Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2011, 04:39 PM »
Unfortunately I am. If I stumble across a book with an unappealing cover, there's is a chance I won't read it. For some reason, I am attracted to dark cover. maybe because it indicates to me there's a dark theme in the book. If I see a baby on the cover, there's a 99.9% I won't read it.  Unless of course, I heard the book being recommended several times/a keeper then I will just ignore the cover and give the book a chance.
 

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Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2011, 08:21 AM »
I'm a snob in the sense that I like to collect books with those original version covers. I' m quite proud of my harry potters, my robin hobbs, and some really old douglas adams' that i managed to find. Whenever I go to someone's house with a complete collection of a few classic titles I go into full-on envy mode >_<

I love my university bookstore because they sell really ancient books that no one actually reads (or buys) anymore.

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Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2011, 10:36 AM »
yeah i am a cover snob.the saying dont judge a book by its cover,i judge a book by its cover. the cover has to be appealing and grabs my attention.i am very proud of my susan mallery ebooks all of them have  beautiful covers,whenever i download a book with no cover, am lyk damn i will try to find that book with a cover.huge snob  ::)if i cant find a cover i delete that book.if its a author that i know and i have been looking 4 tat book i will suffer till i find tat book wth a cover .i hate most of my IR romance book covers.they are ugly covers its lyk they were done in a rush.
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Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #19 on: November 12, 2011, 05:56 PM »
Didn't used to be cover snob, since I bought most of my books through 10-12 book clubs all my life & paid more attention to a book's synopsis.  Paperbacks maybe a little.

Now I have a ton of old books I mostly downloaded in bulk years ago from dedicated sharers, who scanned them in before the days of Kindle, etc.  Most do not have covers & the books have kind of lost something.

As for today's books, if the cover screams S*E*X  I pass, period.  That kind of cover says to me that it's pushing p*o*r*n, and the story line is probably an afterthought.  Of course, if you're looking for Eroctia, great.  If you're looking for a good story, I'd try something else.  (Kinda reminds me of the old "heaving bosoms" covers, which I also passed on.)
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