Day 16 – Book Covers

How important are book covers in getting you to read a book?

Well, it’s a two-sided situation for me:

  1. If it’s a book that I already know I want to read, then it’s irrelevant. I’m more interested in the content, although a shitty cover can put a dampener on an otherwise great book
  2. If it’s a book that I’ve never read or heard about, the cover is everything

I’ve stopped buying physical hardback / paperback books in now instead buy books from the iBooks store on my iPad. Unfortunately, I don’t actually have time to read any of them, just like I haven’t had time to read any of the physical books that I have sitting in the bookcase in the spare room. 

I always have the intention of reading them; telling myself that I’ll happen one day. But guess what, that one day still hasn’t come, but 5 years have passed. I’m so terrible. I really do want and need to make more of a conscious effort to do some reading. Perhaps I should set a different kind of challenge. Read a book a month for 12 months. Hmmm… 2014, I’m looking at you. And I’ve already got 12 books I could read. It might not seem like much to some of you, because you’re all probably people who read 3 or 4 books per month, but hey, go fuck yourself. Stop rubbing your reading achievements in my face. If you can still manage to read 3 books a month whilst you work two jobs, having dinner at 10-10:30pm every night, whilst maintaining a relationship, and have about a dozen different tv shows to keep up with, then get back to me!!

 

2 thoughts on “Day 16 – Book Covers

  1. Audiobooks may be the way for you? Does that count? I love a good audiobook.

    I also love a good book cover, and enjoy designing them for my own stuff, but they rarely have the power to make me want to read a book on that basis alone. However, a bad book cover might put me off of buying a book.

    • I’ve actually got a couple of audiobooks. I find that I would listen to them on the daily commute to and from work, which was great. But I find myself getting easily frustrated if I get an audiobook, thinking that the person who wrote it is going to be voicing it, and it turns out they’re not and I’m like ‘well that was a waste of $15.’ But I end up listening to it anyway.

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