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Offline jessadia

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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Offline mah14

Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #21 on: November 17, 2011, 03:44 PM »
I am most definately a cover snob. But it about the sell isnt it ? it needs to be appealing to the eye, if its pretty people will want to look at it and buy it. Ive bought many books based solely on the cover, I am drawn to shiney covers or sparkley ones, metallic or holographic style. i think my copy of Divergent has been my fave this year. I also hate it when they change the style or size of a book halfway through the series and my books dont match grrrr  >:(
 

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Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #22 on: December 09, 2011, 09:25 AM »
I choose my books carefully but not before confirming it has a nice or decent cover. When I first came across Vampire Academy series, I had also found Artemis Fowl series along with it. (Their covers were different from the US ones.) I am not ashamed to say that Artemis fowl book 5 The Lost Colony caught my eye for its attractive cover among VA (1-4) and Artemis Fowl (1-5). Well that and the fact that it was the latest book available of the series.
But I did not forgot how curiosity raising the cover of Blood Promise had been and so I got the entire series (upto book 5 at that time) and read it, Vampire Diaries (original series) and Artemis Fowl (upto book 6) at the time.
It is with my heavy heart that I confess that I wished that I had picked up Blood Promise or Shadow Kissed so that I could boast about that book but I still don't regret picking Artemis Fowl Book 5 as it was unique too. But that taught me a lesson and now I rarely choose a book I have never heard of before reading its synopsis and checking its cover.
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Offline ereaderuser

Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #23 on: December 09, 2011, 02:37 PM »
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I also hate it when they change the style or size of a book halfway through the series and my books dont match grrrr  >:(

I hate this too! Not just with books but with TV seasons where they change it and they don't look the same on the shelf.
 

Offline -n3iviv

Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #24 on: January 28, 2012, 06:56 AM »
I would really admit that I ama cover snob., though if the cover's good I still read the summary so I can gurantee its not a waste of time reading. But I still have my fare share of covers that I may have not looked twice over if not recommended to me. *sigh* Now I'm teaching myself to be a Title snob to counter part my Cover snob tendencies  ;D Many books are even better with sucking cover than fine looking covers, but hey there is more snob in me so I still keep reading cover worthy books.  8)
 

Offline marianne03

Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #25 on: February 04, 2012, 01:52 AM »
I am, very much....once i purchase my 2nd copy of a judith mcnaught book because the re-issue has a nicer cover.....i know its stupid but it made me really happy then
 

Offline Jilly

Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #26 on: February 04, 2012, 05:23 PM »
Totally a cover snob, the cover brings me in, I will of course read the description won't buy unless I am actually interested in the story, but the cover starts it for me.  Now for my ereader, I can't allow myself to not have a cover, and it has to be perfect, I can spot a cover change too, I saw that Nicole Jordan has released some books with new covers, I always take a breath and then have to decide if I really need to buy a book that I already have in paperback and ebook just because of a new cover.
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Offline Flavia belle

Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #27 on: May 01, 2012, 07:50 PM »
I AM A COVER SNOB
If the cover's interesting ..i start reading the book at once...nd i dont stop until it's finished. I think the better the cover...more amazing is the story and the imagination developed while reading it. I can actually imagine the scenario ...... <3
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Offline Renay

Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #28 on: May 02, 2012, 12:35 AM »
Not if it's the next in a series that I must have or if I've read about what it's about and it not seen cover or really intrigued me. But otherwise I'd have to say yeah I am a bit. I mean there is soooo much wonderful art out there that shows so much or artists who are soo amazing and willing for work and yet there are still these lame ass covers or publishers using really crappy illustrators just coz they are an old standby. It's no excuse! They should definately put more thought into the covers- I mean it does stand as a representation ot the authors work, their written art.
A visual representation rely's on capturing your eye to show you some thing, express something, a feeling or idea of the book, it's important. There's no denying looks count for something, it is although unfortunately shallow but apart of being human. We need to be attracted before we can find out more about something. The covers are what draw us to the book- they need to be good and also accurate in representing something of the story- the most intriguing part of it.
 

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Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #29 on: May 03, 2012, 01:37 AM »
I wouldn't say that I am a cover snob, but sometimes an interesting cover goes a long way to create interest in the book.  Most of the time, I read the description and a little of the book to see if I can get into the before buying it.
 

Offline Cro_girl11

Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #30 on: May 03, 2012, 03:00 AM »
wow this feels like AA meeting for cover snobbery....so here goes.... 
hello, my name is SuperWen11 and I'm cover snob :P
okay, to be completely honest with you guys, when I see a good cover and I like the synopsis I definitely buy the book, but if the synopsis is not as good as the cover (it happens) I just download the cover...what can I say, apart from being a book junkie I'm also cover junkie..and for me it doesn't matter if there's juicy photo on the cover (tho, boy do I ever love those) or something funny and sweet or whatever, as long as it's easy on the eyes... ;)
I can't say I missed lots of good books if I judged them by cover, maybe I missed them because I didn't like synopsis, I know it sounds weird but there's loads of books where synopsis sounds super boring and then once you read them all you can think is "wow, now this is a good book", and vice versa, of course :) ...and, yep, I do read books I think maybe I won't like, mostly I read them because they've been recommended by friends, and hey, when's drought of good books, beggars can't be choosers :)   
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Offline summeranne

Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #31 on: May 05, 2012, 12:43 PM »
I won't NOT read a book because of its cover, but I have definitely read a ton of books based only on their cover.
 

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Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #32 on: May 12, 2012, 11:26 AM »
I am a cover snob. I will read the excerpt of the book. But if it does not catch my attention. I will either put the book back or read it last.
 

Offline Coalie Stanton-Love

Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #33 on: May 12, 2012, 07:11 PM »
Yes I am a cover snob. Furthermore, I notice and hate that most of the IR ebooks use some of the same models time and time again. Whats the deal with that? ??? ??? ??? ???
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Offline Gwennie

Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #34 on: May 12, 2012, 10:03 PM »
Since ebooks came out, I don't really care about covers anymore. I'm more interested in book covers only for artistic reasons - layout, font, colors and of course the artists who make the covers up. It's also fun to look up models who are portrayed on the covers. The synopsis is also important in choosing a story to read. I'm also particular in reading stories by series.
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Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #35 on: May 13, 2012, 05:42 PM »
Guilty!! Lol I remember passing up Kate Daniels Series by Iliona Andrews just due to disliking the covers. I saw the high ratings on Goodreads and one day I decided to just go ahead and read it- I love the series! Same thing happen with the Fever series by Karie Moning (?) sorry dont remember if thats right.

Usually, I use Goodreads.com to look for books to read if the cover is appealing and the rating is 3.8 or above I read the synopsis and decide from there.

My favorite covers include the Hush Hush, Fallen series, and Chicagoland Vampires. Just to name a few.
 

Offline summeranne

Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #36 on: May 13, 2012, 08:44 PM »
I almost didn't read the Vampire Academy series because one of the covers is a blatant ripoff of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer promo photo.  I'm glad I changed my mind though!
 

Offline bookdragon

Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #37 on: May 13, 2012, 08:54 PM »
I honestly say that I'm a sucker for books with lovely cover, it's the first thing that catches my attention and if I see that the cover is awesome, I immediately read its synopsis and finally decide if I do want to read and buy the book. Some of the most beautiful covers I love are -

Iron Fey series
Fallen (by Lauren Kate)
Warm Delicacy (by Megan Duncan)
Unearthly (by Cynthia Hand)
Sirensong (Faeriewalker 3)

...and the one I like the least is 'Heart on a Chain' by Cindy Bennett though it was a really good book   :)
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Offline aludra

Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #38 on: May 13, 2012, 09:52 PM »
Guilty! I am a cover snob! lol
Even though I try not to, but I can't help it!
When in bookstores, beautiful covers really catches your attention and makes you wanna buy them (no matter how much it is. xD) and cool fonts are also easy to notice when looking at stacks.
But you gotta admit, reading a book with a beautiful cover in public makes you feel good. xD
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Re: Are you a cover snob?
« Reply #39 on: May 15, 2012, 01:42 PM »
Even though covers are deceiving, they're still important because it's fairly hard to get rid of first impressions and the first impression you get of a book is from its cover  ;)
 

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