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Jul 30

Titles and Covers by Charlotte Helgeson

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on July 30, 2021 at 1:21 PM by Genesis Gaule

How important is the title and cover of a book? The title is first seen as part of the cover. How much does that cover influence the reader? Who makes the decision about how that will look. Is it the author or publisher?

Remember, the old adage of not judging a book by its cover? In the explanation of that English idiom, the word ‘alone’ is often added. So go ahead and take a good look at the cover and let that help decide if a deeper look will follow. It won’t be the only factor, but it does influence our choices.

That sounds so easy, but there is a huge amount of time, talent and thought that goes into a cover design. The author has lived inside the book for months, maybe years and knows the story inside and out and upside down. Publishers take a different approach by wanting a cover that will attract potential readers. An illustrator will add a creative talent that takes the words and puts flesh on them or creates an abstract concept of the story line. Publishers often win out though the more bestsellers an author creates, the more influence she’ll apply to the design.

Sometimes covers will change if books are reproduced. Publishers will want them to be more timely or if a movie has been produced then a still picture might be placed on the cover. Books considered classics may see many covers as different publishers take turns at reviving them, such as The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Cookbooks with colorful covers of food catch my attention every time such as The Elder Scrolls by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel. There are also books that I can’t take home because I find the covers too scary. 

Yes, I’m easily influenced by covers but what about titles?

Titles are influential also. Authors with their publishers will decide on a title. I have an author friend who agreed to change the title of her book when the publisher thought her choice wasn’t mysterious enough.

Too many titles are the same or so similar that readers get confused. I prefer titles that are more distinct like The Poppy War by R.F. Kuan (great cover) and Ancestor Approved edited by Cynthia Leitch Smith.

The individual words in a title can catch a reader’s attention. For me some favorites are tree, sand, herbs or seeds which is why I picked up The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson. The cover is a picture of beading which is beautiful. The book is about seeds and plants. After picking it up and looking at it, I found that it takes place close to home--a good find for me based on a cover and title!


Mar 22

Book Notes 3/22/21

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on March 22, 2021 at 2:10 PM by Genesis Gaule

Blog Book Notes

3/22/2021


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The Beauty of What Remains by Steve Leder

How Our Greatest Fear Becomes Our Greatest Gift // As the senior rabbi of one of the largest synagogues in the world, Steve Leder has learned over and over again the many ways death teaches us how to live and love more deeply by showing us not only what is gone but also the beauty of what remains.

306.9 LEDER

Lost Companions by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Reflections on the Death of Pets // Jeffrey Moussaieff Mason takes a very thoughtful approach to the topic of losing a pet. It fills a specific demand for a meaningful book on pet loss. The author allows the readers to explore through their own grief and meaningful ways to remember their best friends.

636.0887 LP MASSON

Craft: An American History by Glenn Adamson

Glenn Adamson reveals how makers have always been central to America's identity. Adamson documents how craft has long been implicated in debates around inequality, education, and class, as well as America's failures to live up to its loftiest ideals.

680.973 ADAMSON

No-Fail Favorite Eats by Katrina Jorgensen

This book has all of the food kids love to eat but don't know how to make. These kid-cook friendly recipes are easy, delicious, and fun to make. Everything classic comfort food should be.

641.5 JORGENSEN


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