Do you do it and to what extent?
I know this isn’t a simple question, but try to think of how much weight you give to the cover. If a book has a horrible cover, do you even click to read the blurb?
If you do click to read, do you do it with an open mind or does the book already have a strike against it?
Yes, the visual of an amazing cover can draw us in, but can it also repel you to the point you will not give it a chance?
I understand this is an open-ended discussion that can be debated until the cows come home so to speak, but try to simplify it.
For me, the answer is not so much anymore. Before I started writing I was a judge a book by its cover person 110%. I wouldn’t even look at any other information. I tapped out before I even started. However, now that I have been writing a while and understand the costs of covers (pic, fonts, design, etc.) I am a lot more forgiving. And in not judging by the cover as much, I have found some hidden gems. Books I would’ve never glanced at twice have turned out to be amazing. Yes, I am still not immediately drawn to bad covers and skim past. But I tell myself to stop for a second. I give it 10 seconds or two lines. If their opening hook or few lines are good, I keep reading the blurb and more often than not, end up buying it.
So, what about you? Do you give shitty covers a chance?