‘You can’t judge a book by its cover’ is a popular saying. It is generally used while talking about people. However, it is also the true for the books. Lets see why we judge a book by its cover?

Today, there are numerous ways to read books compared to before. Now libraries and traditional book stores are not the only places where we can buy books. Books now can be bought online and can be instantly downloaded on all sorts of electronic devices. There is an abundance of books in the world, both old books and new. There are so many choices that sometimes choosing which book to buy can be overwhelming. When we are looking for a new book, the first thing we are likely to see is the book’s cover.

A book’s cover is like an advertisement. The book’s cover is supposed to intrigue us, and give us an idea of what the book is about and it entice us into buying the book. Book covers allow us to make judgements. Covers whether paperback or hardcover, give us insight into the book, so we can decide whether we wish to give the book a chance and read it. From book cover we get to know who wrote the book, and along with cover illustration we get a fairly accurate idea of the genre and the book. The font title, the size of the print, the binding of the book, the review quotes, all these on the cover are chosen to give us the idea of the content within. The information available on the cover sometimes helps in making a pretty good judgement of a book.

However, on the other hand, appearances can be deceiving. If you buy a book with a good cover there are chances of it turning out to be a dull book or a book with a bad cover to become your new favorite read. Here are 5 reasons why we should not judge a book by its cover.

Cover Can Never Justify The Content Or The Story Of The Book

While there are plenty reasons to not a judge a book by its cover, the main and the important reason is that the content or the story of the book can never be justified by the book cover. No matter how beautiful or graphical it is. A book with a bad cover can have a wonderful story and a book with a good cover can have an awful story. While the book cover gives the readers an idea about what the story is about, it cannot tell you the quality of the content in the book.

Inspirational Books Generally Have Simple Book Covers That Does Not Make The Book Any Less Inspiring

Book covers are great although they are not as important as the story inside the book. For example: Inspirational books generally have simple book covers that does not make the book any less inspiring. The book is still able to help the readers create a positive change in life and motivate them. Another example for this can be the book, ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky. The original cover of the novel is a simple yellowish-green cover with a small picture of a boy’s legs in the upper right corner. It’s not a bad cover per se but it is not good either. However, the story of the book is heart-wrenching and a deeply affecting coming-of-age story. Based on just the cover, no one can really anticipate or know how powerful the story of the novel is.

Judging A Book By Its Cover And Choosing Not To Read A Book Based On Its Cover Is Like Putting Limitations To Your Own Horizons

Judging a book by its cover will make you miss out on some of the best stories. Reading is kind of like expanding your horizons. And by choosing not to read a book based on its cover is like putting limitations to your own horizons. There are stories that make you feel vulnerable, overwhelmed, scared and happy. Books provoke emotions. There are beautiful, heart-warming stories that deserve our attention and time. Just because a cover is simple or bad does not prove that the book will be dreadful. There are so many books that have bad covers but really good stories, such as Interview WIth The Vampire by Anne Rice, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, The Perks Of Being Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kensey and there are many others.

The Appearance Of A Book Is Not The Definition Of It

The appearance of a book is not the definition of it. The book covers add to the sale value. However, books are interesting because they are full of details. Books can make the readers imagine all the scenarios that are taking place in the story. Book covers are not the only thing that make the book interesting. Because books are a treasure trove of information and a kaleidoscope of imagination.

Judging A Book By Its Cover Is Ignorant

Judging a book by its cover is ignorant. We just assume based on the cover if the book is good or bad. Every book has its story and whether its good or bad cannot be decided unless and until we give them a chance and read the book before deciding it based on its cover. We will never know what the book is about unless we pick it up and start reading it.

If you are a habitual reader who loves books and reading, should the cover of the book really matter?

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