I always judge books by their covers. I know it’s a shitty habit, but a lot of the time I just feel like a well-designed cover means the publisher has obviously spent time on this book and cares about this book’s success. This generalization only really applies in the indie vs traditionally published debate. I guess that’s why I turn away from most indies.
Anyway, I love a pretty cover, and really, who doesn’t? We all have our preferences and types of covers that naturally draw us in. A love of people love the pretty dress trend, or water on the cover, or illustrations. Anything well-designed in any of those categories will obviously work for me, but one of my favorite design elements in gorgeous typography. It gets me every time. Here are some of my favorite examples of beautiful and interesting typography on book covers.
I love when the letters become part of the cover image itself, like with Don’t You Forget About Me and Winterkill. And when the text becomes something else entirely, as with Monstrous and Razorhurst. And I just love a handwritten font.