Here’s the scoop! Yes book folk, I am officially superficial! If a book has an ugly cover I refuse to buy a physical copy of it until the publisher gives it a better cover, or never if they never see the error of their ways.
I will still happily read an e-book, but I do not welcome ugly books onto my shelves…
So, here’s five book covers that are so unappealing I would not buy them… Some I have read, and a couple were still on my Goodreads TBR.
1. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Mackenzi Lee)
I really enjoyed this book, but have you seen the cover? Whoever thought it would be a good idea to give it such a badly designed ugly cover? Give it a makeover and I may actually buy a copy, but as long as it has this cover, I will give it a pass.
2. The Rufus Spy (Alys Clare)
God, this cover is uninteresting. I understand that it is set in a certain landscape, but this cover does absolutely nothing for me and it does not compell me to buy the book. The story I actually liked.
3. Humble by Nature (Kate Humble)
I understand that you put a picture of the author on a autobiography, but this cover looks like it as been put together by a six-year-old. It’s atrocious! Not Kate, I have nothing against Kate, but the cover is awful. The book was a great fun though!
4. Daughter of the Burning City (Amanda Foody)
I have not read this book, so I can’t say anything about the contents, but that cover is already putting me off, The city at the bottom looks pretty enough, but that font just assaults my eyes. The imagery is not bad and if they had just readjusted the cover to be a bit more balanced, it may have actually worked.
5. The Black Prism (Brent Weeks)
Although I am sure I will read this book at some point in the future, the cover makes me not want to read it. It’s just so blegh! Fantasy covers can definitely be pretty iffy with cloaked figures galore and swords and stuff and this one is a pretty mediocre example. It really does inspire me at all. There is nothing about this cover that makes me want to pick it up. But… I have heard plenty of people talk about it and it sounds like it would be right up my street, so if the e-book is on cheap some time, I will happily buy it, but no pysical copy with this cover will enter my house (unless I find it for 50p in a charity shop, because that’s cheaper than a 99p e-book!).
I would love to see some of your ugly/uninspiring covers.
I am planning to do another Five on Friday next week, with beautiful covers on average/bad books.