Your Ideal Book Cover

By Nora Vasconcelos

Cover designed by POV
When fiction and reallity collide.
I recently came across an infographic that shows how similar some bookcovers are and that has kept me thinking about what an ideal book cover should look.

Some time ago, while looking for an ideal title, a friend of mine gave me the following advice: “Imagine the stories finally published in a book and is in a bookstore shelve, what title will make it stand out amongst other books in the shop?”

Ever since, I picture imaginary book lovers, wandering in a bookstore, enjoying themselves, just letting their hand picking up all those books that they get attracted to.

According to an article published on The Fast Company, there are some key elements that help a book cover to become an instant target such as striking colors; a design which allows the readers to immediately get an idea what the book is about, and a cover that keeps looking attractive no matter if it’s on the physical book, online or on social media with very small dimensions.

On the other hand, there’s always the option of doing something unusual and going for a cover designed to judge the readers emotions …yes! Just as it sounds! A group of Dutch designers came up with the idea of creating a Book Cover Prototype which allows a book cover to scan the person’s emotions, and “only when it’s approached with no emotions (that means, that the reader’s not judging the book by its cover) the book will open!

But, while each one can decide which is their ideal book cover, why not have a good time looking at the twin designs that some bestsellers have opted for:

Book Cover Twins: Why So Alike? #infographicDid you like this infographic by Visualistan? You can fine many more on their website.

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Author: The Traveling Book Club by Nora Vasconcelos

I'm a born writer and a journalist who loves books so much that can't live without them.

3 thoughts on “Your Ideal Book Cover”

  1. Lack of imagination. Many people I know base their choice of book on book covers. You have to dig a little deeper or I guess you would end up with a couple of the same covers with different book titles. When I am ready to publish I’ll use one of my own photos:) Nice post!

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