You are doing right if you don’t judge books by their covers. Some books have ugly cover art but are worth reading. And – as the infographic below proves – some books with beautiful look hide a mediocre content.
The visual was prepared by the team from School of Information Studies at the Syracuse University. It compares Design Observer’s 50 best-designed book covers of 2015 with the average rating of the awarded books on Goodreads.
Turns out you should think twice the next time a book cover catches your eye. An analysis of top rated book covers suggests that beautiful cover artwork tends to conceal below average books.
Only seven best-designed books enjoy an average rating of 4 stars or more. The highest-rated books – What Is This? by Tamara Shopsin and Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts – received 4.4 stars.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, released by Random House Children’s Books, is a dream for a book publisher. The novel has a great cover (Design Observer’s Best Covers 2015 selection), great rating (4.2 on Goodreads), and enjoys great sales (the New York Times bestseller).
This novel is, however, an exception. Most of the beautiful books are rated below 4.0.
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