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Subject: Front Cover Or Back Cover?
Date Posted: 4/2/2009 4:06 PM ET
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When you buy a book from an author that you've never read before, do you choose the book based on the picture of the front cover or what is written on the back cover?  A lot of time the front cover is what catches my eye!!

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 5:01 PM ET
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Front covers used to be the big eye catcher for me & then I'd decide from the synopsis if I wanted to try it out or not.  These days I don't read anything without some good reviews or recommendations though, so I have to say neither - although my eyes are still drawn to certain covers:P

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 5:55 PM ET
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I go by the back cover.  I don't pay much attention to reviews. In fact I try to avoid a lot of them because I have had whole series spoiled for me because someone gives away key info to the story.  A great cover will catch my eye by I always look at the description first.  If it's a book I'm looking at online then I go to Amazon to see if they have an excerpt available.  If it's in my hands then I read the first page or two.

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 7:12 PM ET
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I agree with Mrslefty: A great cover will always catch my eye but i have learned to always read the description too.

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 7:30 PM ET
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Front cover for sure.

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 7:44 PM ET
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The front cover catches my eye, but if I don't like the synopsis the book can just stay at the store.

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 7:50 PM ET
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front cover catches my eye but I go more by the back cover to see what it's about and if I want to read it or not.

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 8:02 PM ET
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Front cover or title  catches my attention but the back is my deciding factor since what is inside is most important anyway.

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 8:52 PM ET
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Front covers can be catchy... although I seriously dislike the "fake people" covers on many of the Ellora's Cave books!  I think they are really really tacky!! 

Anyone ever see the cover for "Sebastian" by Anne Bishop?  That was a really beautiful cover.  I will link it here.  (Book...not so good). Sebastian (Ephemera, #1)

Date Posted: 4/3/2009 12:47 PM ET
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Both.  Front cover catches my eye and back cover makes me want it.  I also don't read many amazon or bn reviews because we all have different tastes.

Date Posted: 4/3/2009 3:03 PM ET
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It is not only the front cover that gets my attention but the title of the book. If the title looks interesting, clever or amusing etc I am more like to pick it up. Then I read the back. If that has piqued my interest, I will read the short "teaser" in the inside( if there is one) and then first paragraph or two to see if I want to read it.