Last week I mused about decorative/deckled edges in my Monday Musings post and today I want to talk about another aspect of book design: the cover!
A few weeks ago I noticed at The World’s Biggest Bookstore there was a section dedicated to classics that had a solid colour book cover and pages (only on the edges though, I believe). It was very bold and striking and immediately grabbed my attention. As someone who consciously tries to not judge a book by a cover (but fails most of the time), I couldn’t help but wonder how popular this kind of design was. I can see how it would look really nice stacked side by side on a bookshelf, but at the same time I like having books with a bit of a personality and I find that this type of design detracts from it. Being more of a traditional book buyer (I mentioned my dislike of movie tie-in covers here), I probably wouln’t pick up a classic with this cover, but I wonder what your thoughts are.
Do you have any books with this cover design? Do you think it adds to/takes away from the book’s appeal or are you neutral on the matter? Let me know in the comments; I would love to hear your thoughts!