We all know the old adage about not judging a book by it’s cover, but just how much sway does a book cover have when it comes to your choice of book – whether buying or borrowing? Are there any books you’ve bought based on the cover alone?
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I truly wish I could get the saying ‘never judge a book by it’s cover’ out of my head, because it usually runs through my mind at least once whenever I go to the library – where I usually pick up a book simply because it looks interesting. When it comes to buying books, I try not to let the covers sway me unduly – for no other reason than it tends to lead to impulse buys that I cannot afford.
In many ways, the cover and other physical aspects to the book can stop me from buying the book. For instance, I really dislike having editions with the movie tie-in cover. I also dislike having the larger sized paper-back* edition that usually comes out first – I will wait for the smaller size unless I’m truly desperate.
However, I have also picked up some great books simply because I loved the covers:
*does this have a name?