The Book Cover Archive: oh lord. Take a sandwich, possibly a folding chair.
I’m not sure what else we can judge a book by except its cover, unless we’re already familiar with the writer or interested in the topic. As the recipient of some especially lovely work – thank you, Rick Lieder – I know how vital it is that the cover reflect, refract, and encapsulate not some illustrative event but the flavor of the story itself. It’s not easy. Ask any writer who’s tried to do the 25-words-or-less deal: “So what’s yer book about?”