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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Judging a book by its cover

You know the saying "You can't judge a book by its cover?" Well, maybe sometimes you can, according to Jayme Lyons, a presenter at the 2011 Readers Advisory Conference. Her handout gives examples of how the font style, colors, and picture art correlates to the type of book its likely to be. For example, books with bold or block type fonts on their covers are likely to be suspense or thrillers. Covers with pale blue or beige colors are likely to be more relaxing reads, probably with a happy ending. You may not think you judge books by their cover, but chances are you do some of the time even if you're not consciously aware of doing so. While there may be exceptions to these examples, I think more often than not they hold true. What's your opinion on this? Do you think the cover says alot about what type of book it is?