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What makes a book cover great? (comment on specifics)

How emotive it is
 
  151 votes, 34.2%

The color scheme
 
  127 votes, 28.8%

Simplicity
 
  82 votes, 18.6%

Other (comment)
 
  31 votes, 7.0%

The model
 
  27 votes, 6.1%

The font
 
  15 votes, 3.4%

The eyes of the model
 
  8 votes, 1.8%


Poll added by: J.D.



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message 1: by Deborah (new)

Deborah I think it's a combination of many things, including the color, the font, the words and yes, the model and setting.


message 2: by D.D. Chant (new)

D.D. Chant I think it has to be:......not corny.
Know what I mean???
Sometimes I look at the cover and have an eye rolling moment that says: Righttttttt, I DON'T think so!!!


message 3: by BBK (new)

BBK Proper combination of all of the above!


message 4: by J.D. (new)

J.D. Stroube Mod
D.d. wrote: "I think it has to be:......not corny.
Know what I mean???
Sometimes I look at the cover and have an eye rolling moment that says: Righttttttt, I DON'T think so!!!"


LMAO! Not corny... I completely agree! I also hate it when the cover is cliche.


message 5: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Definitely a combination of all!!!


message 6: by Brittney (new)

Brittney Musick It's a combination of all of the above. I generally prefer something more simplistic that fits the feel of the story, and I really dislike fonts that make it hard to read the title.


message 7: by Sheryl (new)

Sheryl Dunn With the Internet, I think readers' tastes in covers are changing - we want something that's eye-catching on the Internet with a strong focal point and clear fonts so that we can understand a bit about the book just by looking at the cover.

For a bookstore book, I think we're intrigued by different things - the cover can be more complex because we have a chance to pick it up and look at it more closely.

Personally, I want our covers (Shelfstealers) to be different yet clear about the genre. I'm getting sick of the same old, same old in book covers, i.e., all fantasy covers end up looking the same, romance covers, etc. I also tend toward artistic and creative covers, although I can't rely solely on my own taste because everyone is different.

Feel free to enter our cover contest, Am I FABULOUS?...all you have to do is vote for your favorite of three covers for the same book, and you get a chance to win an ebook version.

Cheers,
Sheryl
www.shelfstealers.com


message 8: by Daniel (new)

Daniel A good book cover expresses the correct genre. I would rather see a plain symbol that is relative vs a half naked girl shooting a laser.


message 9: by Hayley (new)

Hayley It should express something about the book by being creative and draw you in, its not one specific though. Some of the best book covers I've seen were the original covers for Amelia Atwater-Rhodes books.


message 10: by Bailey (new)

Bailey Bristol Oh no! I design book covers, so now I'm going to panic that I haven't met all your needs! But rest assured, I will take all your comments seriously to heart. So comment away! I'm taking it all in!


message 11: by EZRead (new)

EZRead eBookstore The book cover should reflect the story within. Depending on the genre of the book, different covers will suit different tastes. It is a combination of all of the above, in my opinion.


message 12: by Cary (new)

Cary It's simple a book cover needs good art or photo's that accurately reflect the books content.


message 13: by Cindy (new)

Cindy I believe the cover should express the best of what the story is all about. Color, model, script, and Eye Chatting. It needs to grab the investors attention.


message 14: by Maddy (new)

Maddy Barker Definitely a combination of all the other options listed and how well they work together. The cover needs to be eye catching and intriguing enough for it to be noticed on a shelf in a book store, or in an online setting... I've often chosen a book on the cover alone, knowing nothing about the author or title beforehand.


message 15: by Gina - (new)

Gina -   Behind the Pages other (comment):
all of the above. There really is no one characteristic that makes a cover great but it is a combination of things as well as what appeals to the one person that looks at the novel compared to another are different, so it can never be just one thing.


message 16: by wfpoppet (new)

wfpoppet D.d. wrote: "I think it has to be:......not corny.
Know what I mean???
Sometimes I look at the cover and have an eye rolling moment that says: Righttttttt, I DON'T think so!!!"


Oh, this made me laugh! ☺


message 17: by Charles (new)

Charles Probably some combination of all the described attributes.


message 18: by Claude (new)

Claude Forthomme I agree with everybody: a combination of all attributes so that they achieve maximum visual/emotive impact!

Great poll, JD, Thanks!


message 19: by Dorothy (new)

Dorothy I think the cover design should accurately reflect the content of the book...I get really annoyed when it seems that the artist has not read the book or has no idea what it is about and designs something really inappropriate. It must be very frustrating for the author when this happens.


message 20: by stormhawk (new)

stormhawk Wish I could have chosen more than one. I voted for "The Font" mainly because I am an old school font geek. I can recognize a number of fonts by name, and was playing with graphic design well before there was desktop publishing, or even Microsoft Word.

But I would also have voted Other. The balance of the overall look of the cover plays a big part for me in how it stands out in a rack of otherwise similar covers. Bright colors don't always do it, nor do dark ones.


message 21: by Emily (new)

Emily Ward I agree with most commenters so far. It needs a combination of: a good font, color scheme, a striking yet simple design, and the emotive aspect.


message 22: by Beth (new)

Beth A book cover needs to be eye-catching. If it catches my eye and I like the synopsis of the book. I will usually read it.


message 23: by J.D. (new)

J.D. Stroube Mod
Beth wrote: "A book cover needs to be eye-catching. If it catches my eye and I like the synopsis of the book. I will usually read it."

Ah, but what catches your eye? The color? The model? I know that my eye tends to be lured towards covers with a blue tone to them. I seem to connect with gothic covers and emotive ones. I know a lot of people enjoy simplistic covers, but I am one of those types who really enjoys an involved graphic. I think of the cover as capturing a single moment that defines the entire book. I am rarely drawn to a book unless the cover is either gothic, blue, or has a character on it. Is that weird?


message 24: by Beth (new)

Beth J.D. wrote: "Beth wrote: "A book cover needs to be eye-catching. If it catches my eye and I like the synopsis of the book. I will usually read it."

Ah, but what catches your eye? The color? The model? I know ..."


What catches my eye is usually color or the scene on the front. It's not usually a person but more of the general picture. More times that not, I tend to pick up a book that I have either read the author before or am intrigued by the title. I agree with you that the cover should capture a single moment from the book. That's what usually pulls me to a book.


message 25: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Personally, I'm sick of books with eyeballs on the cover.


message 26: by [deleted user] (new)

I think it is something bright and flashy that catches my eyes. Especially red.


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