Today’s question is:
Q. Do you judge a book by its cover?
I can’t say that I haven’t bought a book because the cover was ugly, although I admit that when I see one of those covers that have some kind of computer animated characters on it – as if someone used The Sims game to do the cover- I think: that looks awful; maybe the book is about 3D porn or something! But if the reviews are good then I’ll probably read it (even if it is 3D porn!). Now, if the cover is really pretty, that might make me buy the book regardless of the reviews or whether I know the author or not (that’s how I discovered Jill Mansell), sometimes the cover looks like candy, and that just makes me hungry.
A long time ago I used to care more about covers; if the cover was cheesy or trashy –or at least what I think is cheesy or trashy- I usually didn’t buy it. But that was only because I had the same “problem” that Mad Scientist has (see comments), I didn’t read the synopsis; once I started reading the synopsis, the covers became secondary in my reasons to buy a book. But if the cover is really really good, like the one from Already Home by Susan Mallery, I’m definitely buying it.