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Jo asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 month ago

Should books have images on their covers?

They say 'never judge a book by its' cover', and yet, we keep making books with images on the covers... why? Isn't it flawed logic to expect people to not judge something based on the cover, but then continue to try and indicate stuff about it based on the cover? Why don't we just let the text stand on its' own instead of letting people make impressions of it based on the cover, which shouldn't have any say?! 

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  • Darla
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    1 month ago
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    That would be called a children's book. Books for adults don't need illustrators..... 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Like Elaine M says: Marketing.

    A good cover will tell the reader about the book; if it's fantasy, romance, sci-fi, non-fiction etc. It can even tell the reader about the tone of the book, and all this without having to read every, single blurb.

    A cover can also indicate what kind of quality to expect. If it's done in Paint with a mouse by an amateur, then the contents are usually also of a poor quality.

    I recently posted a cover reveal for a novel, and without even knowing what the novel was about, I had several people go "I want to read this!" That's what a good cover will do. And somehow I don't think a plain, black square would have had the same effect.

    And of course there are exceptions to the rule, hence the old saying, which, by the way, is more about people than actual books.

  • 1 month ago

    porn books...............?


    its a necessity.............

  • Phil
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Many Bibles have a cross on the cover. That's an image.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    If you look at some book covers, you will see that the 'romantic pictures' are made from 3 or 4 or more idealised photos photoshopped together.

  • L
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    This is NEVER done to books - only to the covers.

  • 1 month ago

    Because most people suck at titles and a book cover done right can project an idea of the tone/genre

  • 1 month ago

    The term 'marketing' comes to mind. 

  • 1 month ago

    A cover illustration is more pleasant to look at, but also can be a cue to what the contents involve.  My latest book shows a planet and moon with a spaceship.  Clearly not a bodice ripper, whose cover would probably show a shirtless hunk and a shrinking damsel.

  • Marli
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Would you be attracted to a book that does not have a picture on its cover?  The author and the publisher want you to buy their book, so they advertise it using an interesting cover.

    If you were a man, and saw two women in a room, would you be attracted to the woman who wears cosmetics and stylish clothing or to the woman who did not?

    You look at the cover first. Then you examine what it contains to see if it is worth buying.

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