This week the Monday Musings question from Should Be Reading is the following:
“I read an article, this past week, about book covers, and the difference between print & digital covers; about how the digital covers have almost disappeared entirely, while publishers decide to just skip right to the content. What do you think about this? Do you think the book cover is “dead”? Do you care whether the “covers” on digital books exist or not?If you have the time, read the article and then share your thoughts! ”
While it would definitely bother me if the book cover was truly dead, it’s not just because I love book covers – it’s because the death of the book cover would correspond to the death of physical books. There’s just something a physical book has that a digital book doesn’t, from the feel of the book in your hands to the distinctive smell of both old and new books. As long as physical books are still in use, I don’t really care if digital books include the cover art. It’s more fun when they do, but at the point I’m buying an electronic book, I’m connected to the internet and I’ve looked at the cover while deciding whether to get the book. So if the electronic book itself doesn’t include the cover art, I still haven’t missed out.
What are your thoughts? Does it bother you when digital books leave out the cover art?
2 responses to “Monday Musings”
I miss a full color cover on an e-book, something you see each time you pick it up to read. Without that, I think there is a dullness, a sameness to what you are reading…
I could see that being a problem if you read a lot of ebooks. Perhaps it hasn’t bothered my yet because I only use my Kindle when I absolutely can’t pack as many books as I need for a trip! Hopefully color e-readers like the kindle Fire will help that problem in the future 🙂