Don't judge a book by its cover.
People do. If it is TRULY a hideous cover then odds are that it won't be read often (at all). LOL
But there also, in my mind, is a place where a unique cover and title work wonders.
What He Wants has a HAWT cover. Yes. I spelled that wrong. For a good reason. And my inner literary Emily Post is having a fit. But let her.
However, this Torrid title cover came from a stock of photographs so it now graces other books. Which, by the way, sucks. And oh, by the way some more, it fits mine better.
On a slightly related note, I browsed Amazon the other day to see when the latest J.R. Ward book would be in my hot, little hands. Lover Avenged will be available April 28. That was the good news. The not so good news? The Mark of the Horse Lord by Rosemary Sutcliff has basically the SAME damn bookcover.
I am appalled!!!
I believe that anybody who has books on the bestseller list should have original artwork/pictures/ something!
So yes. The sight of a semi-naked dude leaning toward the reader with large tattoos on the shoulder is fairly hot. But finding several other books with the same picture is decidedly not.
It takes something away instead of adds to it.
6 months ago