First-impressions matter when it comes to book covers
You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover — or at least, that’s what my mom informs me.
But as with many things my mom tells me, I tend to do the opposite. So, I’m judging a book by its cover. After all, the cover of a book is the first thing you see.
A well-done cover both attracts the reader and provides subtle insight into the book, such as the cover for The Way Through Doors by Helen Yentus and Jason Booher, written by Jesse Ball.
The design is simple and complex; the type slightly hard to read; and the different layers add dimensionality, all combining into a mysterious book-cover design.
It’s aesthetically pleasing but also has subtle meaning to the rest of the novel. “The Way Through Doors” is about a man named Selah Morse who sees a young woman hit by a taxi. She loses her memory, so Selah tells her stories, hoping to help her reclaim her identity.
The title text is split but mirrors one another, illustrating her fragmented identity. Each layer of the design is a memory, a doorway of insight, with the author’s name, which represents the girl’s identity, as the final discovery.
I haven’t read the book yet. I don’t even own a copy, but this design makes me want to read it. And that’s exactly what a good book cover is supposed to do.