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Judging a book by its cover
« on: August 22, 2006, 08:49:20 am »
Do you judge a book by its cover? I mean, isn't that what really first attracts you? How it looks? Isn't the neat-o picture on the front what makes you open it up or flip it over and read the synopsis? And if so, do you think important books like...oh say, the bible, sell better if they had a bikini model on the front?





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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2006, 09:44:54 am »
I judge a book by it's title.
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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2006, 06:42:55 pm »
I judge a book by its author, and its genre. If its historical ficition or realistic fiction I usually won't touch it.

But besides that criteria, I read the back of the book (or the inside of the cover, if there is only praise on the back) to see if its my style.

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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2006, 09:29:39 pm »
Yeah, unfortunately the book has to stand out for me to look at it. For example if it's manga I have to like the art style for me to look closer

But I doubt the way it looked alone would get me to buy it. I usually read the back or a few pages to see if I would like it

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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2006, 10:05:18 pm »
i usualy read the blurb on the back before i decide to read a book
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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2006, 04:00:55 am »
if I've never heard of a book, I'm attracted by the cover and title. I actually judge it from reading the back/inside cover
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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2006, 01:06:15 pm »
I judge it by its title.

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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2006, 03:13:00 pm »
I judge it by a number of perspectives its title, cover , author, genre, and the synopsis on the back
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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2006, 12:06:32 pm »
I decide on the cover if I want to read the back or not, and I decide on the backside if I want to read the book or not.

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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2006, 01:11:57 pm »
The cover art goes a *long* way towards me picking it up and taking a deeper look. Aside from the synopsis on the back, I'll read reviews on the inside. Then the real kicker is to open it purely at random and read a couple paragraphs. If it doesn't gel for me then, I set it aside and possibly open it back up some other time I'm book-hunting. I did this 3 times with Reality Dysfunction back in the day and finally gave in and bought the blasted series (enjoyed it immensely).

I've seen the cover for authors like David Weber or Ringo (?) and, my oh my, do those look generic. I figure if the cover artist can't be inspired to illustrate something worth looking at closely, can the book?

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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2006, 04:14:20 pm »
If the cover is really terrible, then yeah, I do. And I mean absolutely ugly. Whatever it shows on the front, be it a character or a scene or anything, it will affect how I view that in my mind's eye as I read it. If it shows the main character, and the picture is really craptastic, I won't be able to shake that bad picture from my mind.

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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2006, 03:39:20 pm »
Yeah i judge a book by it's cover...

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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2006, 05:59:01 am »
I usually read it if I like the author
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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2006, 08:46:21 am »
Do you judge a book by its cover? I mean, isn't that what really first attracts you? How it looks? Isn't the neat-o picture on the front what makes you open it up or flip it over and read the synopsis? And if so, do you think important books like...oh say, the bible, sell better if they had a bikini model on the front?

I tend to do the oposite. If the cover is shiny and all, I find that it is trying to make up for something. I generally gravetate towards the simple covered books.
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Re: Judging a book by its cover
« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2006, 07:51:50 am »
Considerably I do. If I see cover art that markets the books as a cliche fantasy, then I probably won't go for it. But if I see cover art that make it looks unique, I'll probably go for it.
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