Does it ever make sense to judge a book by its cover — literally or metaphorically? Tell us about a time you did, and whether that was a good decision or not.


This is so weird that this prompt came up today. Yesterday I wrote an article for school on the exact same subject (and I would love to just post that, but agreed not to – thanks SNHU!). Bitching aside, I am now of an opinion that it makes sense to judge a literal book for it’s cover. Artists put so much effort and detail into covers that they are often a piece of art that enhances and expands upon the text. Take this Ted Talk by Chip Kidd for example:

I think we all judge everything by appearance, at least initially. It’s hard to get past our senses and takes a lot of reformed time and logic to really respect people for their values and opinions. Watch the Ted Talk, it’s really good. Kidd explains a lot of the effort that goes into book covers and draws a really nice parallel to the ebook debate at the end of his speech (by talking about a book with parallel universes, ironically).


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