This one should be great fun. Here’s the question:
“While acknowledging that we can’t judge books by their covers, how much does the design of a book affect your reading enjoyment? Hardcover vs. softcover? Trade paperback vs. mass market paperback? Font? Illustrations? Etc.?”
Wow, this is kind of strange because last night while reading A Fistful of Fig Newtons (the author, Jean Shepherd, added some crude illustrations), I was wishing that more adult fiction were illustrated, especially science fiction, fantasies or humorous works. I’d love to get my mitts on a beautifully illustrated copy of The Lord of the Rings that doesn’t cost around $50.00. Neil Gaiman should’ve illustrated American Gods, even if the drawings were simple pen and ink sketches. Special illustrated copies of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series should be offered for less than $250.00 per book. I’m not made of money, you know! I think illustrations add to the impact of these types of fiction.
I deplore romances, so these types of covers make me want to run away
It would make me very happy if all book covers for every novel I read were to feature the following photographs, perhaps on a rotating basis:
Since reading is the last thing I do before turning out the lights every night, it would be nice to admire one of these covers while placing the book on my nightstand. It would also be a great thing to wake up to in the morning!
As for the rest, I prefer hardcover or trade paperback, and I don’t pay attention to fonts.