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When it comes to books, do you judge it based on the cover or the plot? Are you drawn in by pretty covers or a pretty good plot? What are your thoughts on this?
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I judge a book more by its plot than it's cover, since if one catches my eye I read the description on it to find out what it's about. Though an attractive cover doesn't hurt to help draw you in.

Ironically I originally did judge the manga for Bleach by a couple of its early covers when I first saw it in my local Borders when it was still around and didn't pick it up to read the back to find out what it was about. Since quite a few of the early covers had just one of the main characters in their school outfit in some sort of pose I thought that it was one of those high school dramedy stories and I'm not into that sort of thing. Boy was I wrong for Bleach though, lol. Now it's one of my favorite series of all time. And my taste in anime has expanded some now as well where I will watch some of the romance and dramedy ones, but only if they really catch my eye.
Posted 1/23/17 , edited 1/24/17
I mean, what kind of question is this lol.. Plot is the only value you are going to get out of a book.
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Zenpie wrote:

I mean, what kind of question is this lol.. Plot is the only value you are going to get out of a book.


To be honest, I had a feeling that I messed up with the question. I wasn't sure how I wanted to ask it. My mistake.
Posted 1/23/17 , edited 6/22/17

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Zenpie wrote:

I mean, what kind of question is this lol.. Plot is the only value you are going to get out of a book.


To be honest, I had a feeling that I messed up with the question. I wasn't sure how I wanted to ask it. My mistake.


Well I don't want you to feel bad about it. I just mean that most people judge a book by its plot :p
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Zenpie wrote:

Well I don't want you to feel bad about it. I just mean that most people judge a book by its plot :p


Thanks.
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when it comes to buying a book I definitely rely on the plot. While the cover and title can get me to look at the book, if the plot seems stupid then why should I read it?

Now to be fair, the cover has some impact on my decision. I dislike covers that have actual people on them, and due to this I may not look at the summary. I saw a current novel of Miss peregrine's Home with the actors from the movie on it and felt uneasy because of it. I'm not fulyl sure why, but real people on the cover of books makes me feel... ashamed somehow.
Posted 1/24/17 , edited 6/22/17
The plot but a pretty cover would be nice too.
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I'm not the kind of person who likes reading books.
But when it comes to anime I judge it by the cover or key visual. I don't care what the plot is.

If I happen to see a book with a cover like this, I'd read the shit out of it.



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Posted 1/24/17 , edited 1/24/17
I judge a book by how popular it is with pretentious crowds.
Posted 1/24/17 , edited 6/22/17
Both the cover and the summary. Well, summaries are on the cover, so... Cover? Anyway, the function of covers are to both advertise and protect the series, so I think it's appropriate to scrutinize them whenever choosing. Not like I have the time to read every book, anyway, so I might as well be selective.
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Newer covers tend to be pretty awful, but I pick things to read based on price and whimsy. Covers cannot tell you what a book is about, plot summaries are often works of fiction themselves, and reviews cannot be trusted.
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Many of us say don't judge the book by its cover. That is true. But this is also fact that first impression is always matter. If it's cover is not appealing than how come user will select it. For more user we need good marketing. And visuals are top of that. So yes at first we choose book by its cover, than by content.
Posted 1/24/17 , edited 6/22/17
This is pretty much how I function when it comes to novels:

Fiction:

Sees the cover while skimming through a bookstore - check the title if it seems interesting -- followed by the author to see if it's someone I already know/have an opinion on.

If it passes these three things... I pick it up and read the plot summary on the inner sleeve or back. The plot determines whether or not I purchase it but all the other things lead up to encouraging me to read the plot.

Non-Fiction:

For mathematics, I check the Authors and the Topic/Title. Authors are more important to me than, say, the cover art (most non-fiction, especially in mathematics, lack cover art).

For science, it's kind of the same thing but the author doesn't always mean much to me (there are a few "pseudo-scientists" that I try not to read just because I get annoyed with how their "facts" are merely opinions).
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cover and type (genre) it is.
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