The cover of a book can help distill the spirit of the story it illustrates and be an inspiration for the writing. As I start to write a new series of stories I can’t help to also start thinking about the cover art for the books.
The Selection Criteria
I went through hundreds of books published the last 30 days. Lots of ladies in sexy poses and headless hunks, let me tell you. I focused on fiction only (genre fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, etc). My personal preference is for clear, direct and minimal covers.
Above it all, this is the criteria of an effective cover:
- Must have readable type and be scannable.
- Must work as a small thumbnail.
- Must build trust about the quality of the work
- Must clearly communicate the genre and style of the book (eg. horror, sci-fi, comedy, ya, etc).
In other words, an effective cover must entice a potential reader to take action (eg: grab it up from the shelf or click preview on an online store).
Here it is the selection of most effective book covers for this month of July 2016. Did I forget any notable book cover? Let me know in the comments section below.
July Favorite List
I tried to credit all the artist when possible. Cover art owned by their respective copyright holders. Can think of any other book cover I should have included? Let me know.