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Judging a book at first sight

Judging a book at first sight

Book design has a lot to do with appearance; have you ever “judged a book by its cover?” As much as I’d like to say I read the content of a book first, I would be lying. I’m one of the many people that pick a book based on its cover. Soooo, what is the purpose of a book cover? To grab the reader’s attention. A designer’s purpose is to understand the concept of the book and develop it with the author’s intention in mind. A designer can easily overlook the purpose and completely butcher the author’s intention and with it the feel of the book. Aside from a designer only having a couple of seconds to grab the reader’s attention, a designer has to maintain the book’s integrity, while tying all the design elements together. In book design, there is no single right answer for an effective book cover, whether you decide to go into a minimalist approach or a narrative approach. The design should intrigue the reader and give a hint to the book content. Still unsure how to make a book cover successful? Follow the link for tips on effective book design from the Writer’s Digest.

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/general/10-tips-for-effective-book-covers

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