We're all guilty of judging a book by it's cover. I can't help it-if the book cover is pretty and calls to me to pick it up (even better if it has a gorgeous dress on it!) then I want to read that book. I was browsing upcoming YA releases and came across some covers that in hardcover didn't catch my eye or seem interesting, but in paperback make me want to pick the book up right now and read it. Nothing has changed, it's the same story, same writing, but the cover markets to me in a different way and now I'm interested. So I'll admit to you my judging of books just by their new paperback covers!
First up: Legacy by Cayla Kluver
-This is the self-published cover. This cover is OK, but nothing special. It might make me pick up the book if I can't find anything else that catches my eye, but it doesn't really interest me.
Cayla Kluver has the same story has Christopher Paolini-young writer, parent self-publishes book, then it gets the attention of bigger publishers. Only in this case, the book has gotten two more publishers. Her first publisher was Amazon Encore.
-I remember when the book was published with this cover and I remember seeing it online. But this cover just looks so boring to me. It looks like a boring old book you'd be forced to read in school, so I passed on this one.
-Now the book is with a new publisher, HarperTeen, and they rescued the cover from boring and made it into something I want to read. (Remember what I said about pretty dresses equals love for me?) Same story, but this cover looks like something I would enjoy.
OK, this one is a bit of a cheat, because I've already read this book, but I love the paperback cover change and it would make me pick it up even more.
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
-Like I said, I read this one already, but I didn't pick it up because of the cover. I picked it up because it's a Printz Honor Book. The book is great and I think it would have appeal for readers who like survival stories, but this cover doesn't really tell me much and it's a bit blah.
-Love this new paperback cover! It lets me know it's historical, it looks dark and mysterious, and I want to know who that guy is on the cover.
Last, this is the most dramatic change. I've seen this book around my library, but I hate the cover and haven't had any interest in reading it. But the new paperback cover has changed my mind!
Folly by Marthe Jocelyn
-Ugh, this cover just does nothing for me! To me, this looks like a fantasy/fairy tale (not sure why) which is funny that it turns me off here because I typically like those stories. I think it looks dark and odd. In fact, it creeps me out a bit and does not make me want to read the book at all! Until I saw this:
-LOVE! This one made me immediately interested in the book. This cover lets me know it's set in a Victorian time period, which I love. I wanted to know more about it and read the summary and once I did, I wanted to read the book. Funny thing is, the summary hasn't changed and the story is the same, I just wasn't interested in the first cover to even read what it was about. (Bad reader and librarian, I know!)
I've admitted my judging of books by their cover. It's interesting how the same book can change from something I'm not interested in to something I want to read just by a cover change.
What books have changed covers that have made you change your mind?