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This week’s question comes from Julie, who asks:

While acknowledging that we can’t judge books by their covers, how much does the design of a book affect your reading enjoyment? Hardcover vs. softcover? Trade paperback vs. mass market paperback? Font? Illustrations? Etc.?


Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

102 responses

  1. Happy BTT! I missed out on last week, but I’m back😀

    Here’s mine!

  2. Mine’s up too😀

  3. Happy BTTs everyone ( Hi Deb!) I hope you have great day!

    here mine!

    Julia- Yen

  4. Thanks Julie for a good question. Here’s my answer:

    http://booksplease.blogspot.com/2008/03/cover-up-booking-through-thursday.html

    I’m off to look at your answers now.

  5. Haven’t been here in a long time🙂 My answers are here. Happy BTT all! Ü

  6. […] BTT for today: While acknowledging that we can’t judge books by their covers, how much does the design of a book affect your reading enjoyment? Hardcover vs. softcover? Trade paperback vs. mass market paperback? Font? Illustrations? Etc.? […]

  7. Here’s mine: http://www.melankolia.net/mikkoreads/2008/03/btt_coverup.html

    This week’s entry includes a baby anecdote.

  8. I missed a couple weeks and I’m glad to be back!
    Here it is!
    http://lovingmyhome.blogspot.com/

  9. Well, my answer’s posted, such as it is:

    http://mosmind.blogspot.com/2008/03/cover-stories.html

    Enjoy your weekend, everybody!

  10. My response is up now! Happy reading, everybody!

  11. Mine is up, here, including pics of the covers of the books I’m currently reading🙂

    Happy Reading!

  12. This was fun! My answer is here.

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  14. I disagreed with the thesis of the question. Read why.

  15. http://blbooks.blogspot.com/2008/03/btt-judging-book-by-its-cover.html

    I only answered part of the question on my blog. But generally speaking, I try not to judge a book by its cover. But the book cover does have an impact on me. It’s unavoidable really. As far as hardcover or softcover, I don’t have much preference.

  16. Here’s mine for this week: http://the-ravelld-sleave.blogspot.com/2008/03/cover-up.html.

    Even *I* know it’s kinda weird …

  17. Here’s MY VERY FIRST BTT!! YAY!! : ) Thanks Trish!

    http://aparkavenueprincess.blogspot.com/

  18. […] Cover-Up March 27, 2008 Filed under: Wordpress — –Deb @ 1:32 am  […]

  19. My replies should be more timely from now on. I have internet again. Anyway, here’s my post:

    http://thatsthebook.blog.com/2928287/

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  21. Better late than never – here’s my BTT on Friday!

    Have a great weekend, everyone.

  22. […] This week’s question comes from Julie, who asks: While acknowledging that we can’t judge books by their covers, how much does the design of a book affect your reading enjoyment? Hardcover vs. softcover? Trade paperback vs. mass market paperback? Font? Illustrations? Etc.? […]

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  24. Hi!

    I actually blogged on this earlier this year… here’s what I had to say:

    With so many books in the world, how do you decide what to pick up next?

    For me, it’s a combination of recommendations by friends and media reviews (predominantly in The Courier Mail and The Australian), and on the ABC’s First Tuesday Book Club (when I remember it’s on).

    Unfortunately, so much of what’s offered up as review simply isn’t: it’s just a rehash of the plot with a few sweeping statements and/or clichés (of course this isn’t limited to book reviews).

    I’ll choose to read a book based on a review when:
    – the plot, genre or subject matter appeals to me;
    – the reviewer discusses the themes of the story and the questions it raises (and they appeal to me);
    – the reviewer offers a broader context for the narrative that has meaning for me.

    The details of the plot are almost irrelevant in a review: they should be discovered on reading the book itself. The importance of the review is to tell you what you might expect to think or feel during and after reading the story: will it make you question the political status quo; appreciate the simpler things in life; help you understand a different perspective; or laugh your backside off? Is it pure pop fiction escapism, or a journey of perfectly crafted prose? Is it a good example of either?

    You can’t trust the cover or the hyperbolic marketing blurb to help you decide whether not you want read something. And that’s where the review comes in handy. It’s not a sure fire promise of a good read, but you at least have a clue what you’re in for.

    Clearly, plenty of readers want someone to point them in the right direction. That’s why Oprah’s Book Club creates instant bestsellers. Life is too short to waste on books you might not like, especially if you’re not a voracious reader. (Purists scoff at Oprah’s Book Club, but if it’s getting people reading and taking the fear out of book selection, then it can’t be all bad. And who knows, maybe those readers will one day stray from the bestseller list to more challenging fiction.)

    Some of my recent reads, and how I came to choose them:

    – The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (currently reading) – numerous newspaper reviews
    – The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – desire to read book before seeing the film
    – The Tomorrow series by John Marsden (I’m working my way through this series in between other books) – recommendation by family member
    – The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay by Rebecca Sparrow – heard author speak at local library
    – The Patron Saint of Eels by Gregory Day – recommendation by friend (on this very blog!)
    – The Broken Shore by Peter Temple – newspaper review and comment on First Tuesday Book Club
    – Dead Point by Peter Temple – based on my enjoyment of The Broken Shore.

    And so the list goes on…

  25. Oops – I just realised I posted this on the wrong topic. My first visit and all… I’m so sorry!

    My intention was to post this on the previous topic.

    Will slink back into my hole now… (and try and do better next time.) Am hoping this is a forgiving group of lovers of literature.

  26. […] Given that I don’t have the luxury of time I think I’m just going to answer the latest question posed by the BTT team: […]

  27. Here we go – thanks for using my question!!😀

  28. I know I’m a week behind, but I was out of town and couldn’t resist — I found a couple of articles on the topic, too, and put them in my post: http://bookclubclassics.com/Blog/2008/04/04/booking-through-thursday-april-4/

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