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New Website Highlights How Harshly You Judge By The Cover

One of the things that plagues both publishers and authors is how to make their cover appealing to potential buyers. It’s important that they appeal to as many as possible, with the author hoping that the cover art also reflects something of the content within. It’s this delicate balance that is explored by playjudgey.com

Courtesy of anthonyburgess.com
Courtesy of anthonyburgess.com

How does the above cover make you feel? How many stars would you rank it between one and five? Do you think you could guess how good the book inside is based on this cover? Perhaps this cover gives you a different idea of what lies within than what you previously knew about the novel.

Courtesy of amazon.com
Courtesy of amazon.com

How about this one? Do you have the book yourself with a different colour, with one you prefer? Or maybe you prefer this one? Do you think that this cover does the novel itself justice?

Courtesy of rep-am.com
Courtesy of rep-am.com

It’s interesting to note that although the above is one of my favourite books, I do not partner it with the above cover. Seeing as I own a completely different and more modern version of the novel, I can say that my first impressions would likely have been different. Alongside this, many know the film adaptation rather than the book itself, so their view of the words contained inside are probably already marred by expectation before they see this cover.

Courtesy of tewt.org
Courtesy of tewt.org

The website http://playjudgey.com/ now gives you the chance to judge a list of books to see how on the money you are with how others have rated the content. Then they let you know whether or not you’re overly judgmental of covers when compared to how much people enjoyed the books. It’s an interesting look at how book covers can often mar the financial success of a novel and even keep people from giving them a second glance.

If you want to take a look yourself, visit http://playjudgey.com/ and let the website judge you. Maybe you’ll start looking at books in a whole new way from now on, or even lead you to trying different books.



Jake Ormrod
I am a freelance writer living in Manchester, finishing off my first novel for a Creative Writing MA. I write/read every day and have a borderline obsession with music and video games.

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