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!
Does it effect my reading enjoyment? Not really. Right now I'm reading Hawaii by James Michener and the cover is hideous. It looks like a Hawaii tourism poster from the 1960's. It doesn't reflect the book at all, which is really good. I admit that I wished I could have found a better copy but since this was for my bookclub, I took what I could get.
Here are some ugly covers on good books. Luckily none of these are on my bookshelves.
Softcovers are easier to read because they aren't as clunky as hardcovers.
I haven't really thought about fonts, so I guess that doesn't matter much.