What do you look for in a good book cover?

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Re: What do you look for in a good book cover?

Post by Nisha Ward » 20 Apr 2019, 02:29

The colours and then the art. The font doesn't really matter to me, but the colours have to be eye-catching and complimentary before I look at anything else.
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Post by Bhaskins » 27 Jun 2019, 11:30

I think a lot about spacing. I like book that has a good font and image, but isn't too blank or too over crowded. It has to say something, but not be overwhelming like a magazine cover.
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Post by WhiteLotus » 28 Jun 2019, 06:45

I agree that it has a little to do with genre. Sci-fi for instance tend to be more illustration based, so I look for something that has nice illustration in it. I find most Young Adult covers a little busy, though, the ones that have like the setting-scape and the person and then a background too... it's just too much going on for me.
Of course, good use of colors and space is attractive, good placing of the art used... but it really is a subconscious choice. it's not like I'm outright looking for something specific.

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Post by Kansas City Teacher » 03 Jul 2019, 18:07

I have, in the last few days, erroneously bypassed an excellent book and later found out that it was amazing. I think the colors / tone of the cover should match the book. Choice of colors, and the title itself should be carefully selected to compliment the book.
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Post by Tamorie21 » 07 Jul 2019, 05:02

I used to look for the book's intended scenery/setting in book covers when I was younger. I still do that now, but not so much. I'm also captured by bright colors and alluring fonts that look magical. Honestly, I'm captured by many things, it's hard to say I look for one thing in particular!

I like covers that seem "deep" -- a few words on the cover with a pretty bold color and maybe a few snowflakes. I don't know. One of the book covers that I really like, though, is from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. It's extremely eye-catching to me.
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