Seriously…. It is an age old statement… a sort of urban legend if you will… “You can not judge a book by its cover.”
Uhhhhh….. Who said that? Certainly not the “they say” we hear so much about. You know the ones. “They say” it can’t be done. “They say” that milk is bad for you and eating fish causes you to get webbed toes…. Ok, not to get side tracked here.
I admit when browsing my favorite book stores looking for that next hidden treasure, that diamond among the coal… I do notice the cover. The cover, much like meeting a person for the first time, is the initial introduction. While the cover is not the sale, it is what causes me to stop – look at the title and flip to the back to see what it is about. The cover… is art. It is what I hope to showcase in my own library… big beautiful books.
The cover makes me wonder what it holds inside… where will it take me? Is it a scene of a far away land? An eerie looking building? It it footprints in the sand and you have to wonder who’s they are and where did they go?
I have on occasion even purchased a book at a sale because of the beauty of its cover. (I know, I know… insert gasp here.) Merely eye candy.
This is just me talking about book browsing. If someone suggests a book to me or I read a good review about a book – the cover doesn’t mean a thing. I go out and find a book based on that review, and think highly of the reviewer who found a book that didn’t necessarily shout “Pick me!”
The questions I present today is – do you (and be honest) ever judge a book by its cover?