This week’s Booking Through Thursday question:
This week’s question comes from Julie, who asks:
While acknowledging that we can’t judge books by their covers, how much does the design of a book affect your reading enjoyment? Hardcover vs. softcover? Trade paperback vs. mass market paperback? Font? Illustrations? Etc.?
The design of a book doesn’t affect my reading enjoyment, but it does influence me in whether or not I’ll pick pick it up in the bookstore sans recommendations. For example:
Personally, I’m more drawn to Wicked. The cover art of Darkmans just repels me to no end and I wouldn’t have picked it up except that it had been chosen in our book club (and it might get traded out for something else). Elphaba looks mysterious and I couldn’t wait to read her story (is that a pun?). I think cover art is extremely important because it conveys a feeling, a mood, before you even know what the book is about. The cover art may help decide whether I want to buy a book or not.
Font is not important to me, but I do admit that I like when they have that blurb at the end of the book telling you what font was used and the history of that particular font. Am I the only one who reads those blurbs?
Hardcover versus paperback doesn’t matter to me, since I can’t afford to buy the hardback. But trade paperback versus mass market paperback? Don’t tell anyone, but I didn’t even know there was a difference until I started reading other people’s blogs.
I’ll admit, though, that I do notice when nicer paper is used. I don’t know who makes that decision, and while it won’t influence my decision to buy a book, nor will it influence whether or not I buy another book from that author, I like me some nice paper.
What’s your opinion?