For me, before I decide to read a book (unless it's from an author I've read and loved, or a novel I've heard positive reviews about) I first have to be captivated by the book cover. If the cover art doesn't draw me in then the chances of me reading the book is pretty much zilch.
What are some things covers should do?
- Covers should tell something about the genre
- Covers should hint toward the story
- Covers should give some visual aspect of the characters or setting
- Covers should capture the imagination
- Sometimes simplicity works
But, this can also be a trap to get readers to read the stories. Just because you like the cover doesn't mean you will like the story inside, but that's to do with each personal opinion.
So, do you judge a book by its cover? And, what do you look for in covers, or what books are you looking forward to reading just because it has an interesting cover?