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Articles about the importance of book covers almost invariably begin by quoting the old saying that "one should not judge a book by its cover" and then they go on to point out that people in fact do.

In fact, it often appears as though covers are the be-all and end-all of any work of literature as far as a large segment of the ebook consumer population is concerned. This illogical value that appears to be placed on book covers tends to call into question just how much the modern ebook consumer market really values literature for its own sake and seems to suggest that what most people are really interested in is fads as well as visual or personality cults. The act of reading the actual stories thus seems to be nothing more than rituals of social initiation that are merely tagged on to the superficial phenomena themselves.

But are ebook consumers generally as infatuated with covers as many indie authors think (and are themselves)? Do ebook readers really place the kind of absolute be-all and end-all value on covers that many indie authors tend to place on them?

There is some indication that authors - particularly indie authors - might be overestimating and exaggerating their importance. From Writers on the Reality of Book Covers �



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In writer circles, an indie is someone who either self-publishes, has been published by, or possibly runs, a small or digital independent press. The term is a little wiggly in the sense that not everyone uses the same definition, but the bottom line is that an indie is not (solely) with a major publisher. Historically, the term was used a lot by small presses in the early 2000's but in most cases today it references self-publishing.


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