I’ll go ahead and admit it. I judge books by their covers. The only time I’ll actually read a jacket blurb or a back cover blurb is if I can’t figure out what the book’s about from its cover or title. Most of the time, I just glance at the jacket blurb to scan for key words that might make the book of interest to me.
If the title or cover art intrigues me, then I flip through the book and read a few lines from random pages. I look at the font style and size, because if the font is hard to read, I won’t even bother reading the book. But if the book looks really interesting, I’ll try to find another copy with a different font. The thickness of the book doesn’t usually bother me. I’m not the type of person who’s put off by enormous books.
Ever since I started writing seriously, I also look at the copyright pages of books and see who the publisher was. If it’s a publisher I’ve never heard of before, I’ll Google them to get more information. The year of publication has become important to me as well, especially when I read YA books. It’s nice to see what was “in style” for a certain year (and what’s going out of style). As I read, I keep a mental count of how many typos I find. (Since I’m interning for a publishing company, typos really leap out at me now, especially if there’s more than one in the book.)
How do you choose books? 🙂