As the old adage goes, “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” I disagree. There are loads of books out there and you need some discriminating characteristics to attract your attention. Here’s a list of new books I’ve encountered that piqued my interest based on appearance alone.
Lizka and Her Men– Ok. So my interest in this book is 50% visual, 50% title. I think it might be a combination of the font and the color pink. And perhaps the pickup truck too.
How to be Useful: A Beginner’s Guide to Not Hating Work – A prime example of judging a book by its cover and actually liking it. The manic scribbling style on the cover made me take a closer look. I was sold.
Urawaza: Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks from Japan – This is a pretty thin, floppy book, which I like. Also, the abstract design and rectangle combination is appealing.
In conclusion, qualities I look for in the appearance of a book: attractive font, all lower case or all capital letters, contrasting primary colors, automobiles in nontraditional colors and busy backgrounds with neat fonts. I guess I’m a font lady.
Take a look at the First Floor’s incoming selections on LibraryThing and judge a book.