Friday, July 22, 2016

Book Blogger Hop No. 59: Book Cover Images in Blog Posts

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What to Do

1.) Post on your blog answering this week's

Do you always put a book cover
in your posts when you are 
mentioning books, or just text?

(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

2.)  Enter the link to your post in the
Linky list on Billy's blog.

3.)  Visit other blogs on the list and
comment on their posts. 

4.)  Be sure to find out next week's
question when you visit
Ramblings of a Coffee-Addicted Writer!

My Answer

Since I'm a very visual person (a look around my blog should provide conclusive evidence of that, lol), I never publish a post without some kind of image in it, even when I am not directly mentioning books. If the post is specifically about a book or books, I will definitely include a book cover or covers of the book(s) I'm discussing.

A case in point is last week's post, in which I answered the question, "Name an author or authors most of whose books you've read, and would recommend to others." Some people might answer such a question by just posting a list of these favorite authors, and the titles of the books they've read by these authors. Not me. I need to include images of these titles, and that's just what I did in last week's post. In fact, I included photos of my favorite authors, along with the book covers of the books by them that I've read. 

Of course, I always post book covers in book reviews. It's unthinkable to me to publish a book review, and not include a picture of the book cover.  How will people be able to identify the book I'm referring to? Besides, I don't think I've ever heard of any book blogger not including a book cover in a book review. 

Blog tour posts must also include a book cover of the book being promoted. That's only logical.  The book cover is, after all, part of the promotion, too.

In addition to all of the above, I also happen to be a lover of beautiful, stunning, and sometimes "out there" covers. In fact (if you'll pardon the shameless plugging, lol) I feature such striking book covers on my blog every Saturday, in a meme titled "Shelf Candy Saturday". As part of this meme, I not only display a gorgeous book cover, but also analyze it, explaining exactly why I love it. I really enjoy preparing these posts, which also include information about the cover artist, although not always. Sometimes, I am unable to locate any such information, no matter how hard I look for it.

Here's an example of a beautiful cover:
Beautiful Redemption, by
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. 

I strongly feel that a great-looking book cover is the main thing that sells a book. Of course, the book also has to be of interest to the potential reader/buyer, whether it's fiction or nonfiction. However, if the cover is not attractive, the reader will just not bother to pick up the book in order to find  out more. We are all visual creatures to some degree, some of us more so than others. I would put myself in the latter group.

Going back to blog posts, I think these are much more interesting, too, when they include images, and especially so when they are discussing books. If I were to be given the choice between reading a post with no images, and the very same post, with images, you know I would pick the second one!

In short, a blog without images (especially of books!) included in its posts would strike me as incredibly boring, and I would really not be motivated to read any of the posts published by its creator and author.        

What are your thoughts on
the opinions I've expressed here?
Please leave a comment,
and I'll go check out your post!


  1. Your blogs always look so good Maria.

    On the issue of book covers, I think that they are essential of you are writing about books. My understanding is that they are also images that are relatively safe to use in regards to not violating copywrite. laws.

    1. Hey, Brian!

      Thank you so much for the nice compliment!! :)

      Of course it's essential to include book covers in a post in which one is discussing books. And yes, you're right -- the use of book cover images is part of what is known as 'fair use', so it does not violate any copyright laws. After all, using such images is necessary when reviewing books and doing other kinds of book-related posts.

      Thanks for the great comment!! Have a SUPER nice weekend!! :)

  2. I generally add a book cover or at least some kind of image in every post too. It just makes posts more eye catching!

    1. Hi, Katherine!

      That's exactly right -- images in a blog post do indeed make it more eye catching! It's all about grabbing a reader's attention.

      As you can see, I ADORE images!!

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting!! :)

  3. Your answer was very thorough and well put! AND spot-on! Well done. Needless to say - I concur. You can read my Friday Meets to confirm! Happy weekend!

    1. Hi, Mareli!

      Oh, thank you so much for the nice compliment! I'm so glad you agree, too! Without images, blog posts just wouldn't be the same at all, especially when they're about books!!

      Thanks for coming by and leaving such a nice comment!! Hope you have a happy weekend, too!! :)

  4. I agree with everything you said, especially about how a blog can look boring without some kind of images representing the books you've read!

    Here’s my Book Blogger Hop!

  5. Hi, Ronyell!

    A blog definitely does need some pics, otherwise, it will indeed be boring. I think every post should have pics, but that's my opinion. And sometimes I do publish a post with no pics. Usually these posts deal with observations I make on different types of subject matter. But this is rare for me. If you read a post written by me, you will usually find an image in it.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting!! :)

  6. Great response, Maria! While I may not read a book based on cover alone, sometimes the cover is what makes me take notice of the book and take a closer look at it. I post book covers with my reviews as well.

    1. Hi, Wendy!

      Thanks for the compliment!! :)

      I don't read a book based on the cover alone, either. In fact, I have been sometimes been disappointed by books with gorgeous covers, and lackluster or even TERRIBLE contents. But yes, the cover is what makes you notice a book, enticing you to open it and check out the contents.

      I remember coming across a book with a very pretty cover, at N&N, one day. I sat down in the snack bar to take a closer look, skimming here and there. The plot did sound intriguing, but then.....I came across "the F bomb". And then there were several moire instances of it. I lost interest in the book right away, believe me! NOTHING turns me off a book faster than coming across vulgar language.

      I think most of us book bloggers include book covers in our reviews. Otherwise, what's the point?

      Thanks so much for dropping and leaving such a nice comment!! :)


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