What if books weren’t covered with that glossy beautiful image around them? What if books just had a blank front and back (like just plain black or something)? Or what if they didn’t have anything protecting the words on the pages and the “cover” was just the first page of the book? Do you think there would be as many readers? Do you think it would affect the types of books you pick up? What if all books looked like the following?
I have a feeling that if books didn’t have covers, we would choose our books differently. I’ve mentioned previously that I think Young Adult books typically have prettier covers than Adult books, so my eye is always drawn to YA over Adult. This is frustrating because I want to read more Adult books, but the YA covers just pull me in and I can’t help myself! So, I think if a book didn’t have a cover, it would change which books we choose to pick up. Then, we would be merely selecting our books based on the synopsis/author. No more browsing in a bookstore and seeing a pretty cover, then picking it up to see what it’s all about.
I think the way we shop for books would change as well. I think part of the FUN of shopping for books would be removed. Isn’t it fun to browse a bookstore just looking at all the pretty covers? I think so. I bet a lot of people would go on Goodreads or some other online source to discover books that sounded interesting, or books by a favourite author, then go out to buy said book. There would be no more getting distracted by a particular cover of a book in a book store. There would be no more leaving the bookstore with way more books than you anticipated purchasing. There would be no more fun when shopping for books! Don’t you agree?
Sales might even go down if there were no book covers!
I know that this will (likely) never happen. It’s just a random thought I had and thought it would be fun to discuss!