CAN you judge a book by its cover?
Well, you always can, but should you? That’s the question, I think.
As I’ve said before on this blog, I’m a very visual person—I’m a horrible aural learner. So covers naturally appeal to me. And the cover is often a good barometer of what the publishing house feels about a certain book; did they splurge on an innovative design, or give it a utilitarian design and just get it out there? I don’t think you can judge content by a cover, but you can judge faith and popularity by a cover, and that’s sometimes useful to the bewildered bibliophile in a bookstore.