Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Good Enough Reason

Is liking the cover of a book a good enough reason for buying one?

I was over at Amazon.com buying the next book for one of my book clubs, Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. One of his other books also popped up, When You are Engulfed in Flames. The picture on the cover is a Van Gogh painting. I believe it was a study during his time at art school. I saw the actual painting when it was at Los Angeles with that big Van Gogh exhibit that toured about 10 years ago.

Anyway... I loved the painting, I love Van Gogh's work, et cetera, et cetera.  

Still, is that a good enough reason to buy the book?

P.S.  I am still planning on that Sleeping with Bread post.  


7 comments:

John Ross said...

My daughter & I have a saying for such times - ready? "it's ....MARKETING!"

But really, Yeah, That's a good enough reason. Ok, I usually read the description inside after I'm semi-hooked by the cover.

On a musical parallel, that''s how I got onto Sarah Mclachlan(before she was popular) & several other good artists. with books same-same.

womaninawindow said...

A cover SHOULD be reason enough to buy a book. A cover should be relevant and evocative, the cream and jelly of the donught you're about to eat.

Mary-LUE said...

Good point WinaW. It should be relevant and evocative.

daisies said...

absolutely ~ a cover that grabs you likely has the word aesthetic to grab you too ~ am thinking you can't really go wrong with this one ;-)

Subspace Beacon said...

As a lover of chic-lit novels, I often pick up books based on the cover art featuring sexy shoes, some form of make up and/or a stylish handbag. It's code for: light and frothy, READ me!

I just listened to a podcast interview of David Sedaris on Rick Steve's travel show. It was very funny -- and I learned what men in their 50s do when they accidentally urinate on themselves in airport bathrooms. Who knew it was so common?! Well, IT IS!

Muthering Heights said...

Hehehe, I hate to admit it, but a good cover does seem to make a book more interesting...

Mel said...

The cover might get me to open the sleeve to read, but it's rarely the sole reason for purchasing the book.

Yup.....marketing--it does get me to pick it up!