When buying a book the first thing you see is the cover even when buying offline it’s the cover and book title you see first. While lots of readers say they don’t pick a book based on the cover you will find that it’s the book cover that pulls you in to buy a book.
As a big reader myself I try not to let covers rule what I buy but even I’m a sucker for a good book cover.
What makes a good cover to me: I like the cover to tell me what’s inside which I know sounds weird but a cover can be just as good as a book description. Take the picture below. With the title and the book cover you can tell you a lot about the story inside. The cover alone would be enough for me to buy the book.
There are a lot of books on the market that have covers that catch your eye. What I find works is bright colours not all over the cover but in places to make it stand out and shout “pick me up.” There has to have a centre piece; a part in the cover that looks like its jumping out of the book.
1. The book cover should tell a story of what awaits inside the book.
2. Have a centre piece that stands out and pulls you in.
3. Bright colours on a darker back ground.
4. The more real looking the cover the better.
Just remember covers are not everything, it’s the story inside that counts so give every book a chance don’t just buy a book based on its cover. Read the description and give all books a chance to surprise you. It’s what’s inside that counts.
A few book covers I like: