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CAN you judge a book by its cover?

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55 responses

  1. Good question. Another good question – why am I up at 3AM? But I digress. Here’s my answer:

  2. Good question – I think genres yes, content no.

  3. I really like this weeks theme, because it’s always a great topic among readers.
    My answer:

  4. Here is my response to today’s BTT

  5. With the rise of self-publishing, my answer has changed. Find it here:

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  8. Covers are something I try to resist all the time, but I am too shallow!

    My answer is here Manga Maniac Cafe

  9. I like this one…here’s what I wrote:


  10. Great question, BTT! And here’s my mildly-great answer:

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  12. These days, I seem to be judging the cover by the cover, but not so much the book:

  13. can you? of course you can! do you, or should you? yes, and maybe!

  14. I wrote quite an essay about it! lol
    Read my analytical view here:

  15. […] this week’s Booking Through Thursday question is something that has intrigued me as both a reader and a writer for a long time: […]

  16. I can actually do it quite well.
    Full answer is posted now.

  17. My post’s up at

    Kinda bounced around, but ultimately I’d say this is a really deep question, and the answer’d be more case-by-case, influenced by context and not any set “rule of thumb” or such.

  18. Sure, we can and we do judge books by their covers. Here’s my response:

  19. I’m late to the party….
    Here’s My answer

  20. I recently read a thought by a writer – I want to say it was Salman Rushdie – that there is a way to judge a book by its cover.

    If the author’s name is larger than the title of the book, then the book isn’t worth reading. The assumption seems to be that if the marketing people are trying to sell the book on the strength of the author’s popularity, something must be wrong.

    I sort of dig this. With some qualifiers:

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