The Importance of Book Covers: Interview with Magdalena Johansson

Book cover layouts play an important role in the overall presentation of stories, and often times readers first judge a book by its cover. This year indieBRAG has put together a cover contest of books chosen by the indieBRAG Team. These covers were chosen based on several factors including; 1) professionalism 2) visual appeal 3) creativity and 4) fit with the story/genre.

This week we have asked the ladies of the indieBRAG Interview Team to discuss with us the importance of book covers, what they like, want to see more of and so on…Today Magdalena Johansson talks with us about this.

Magdalena, on the scale one to five, how important are book covers to you?

Oh, definitely 5. There are quite a lot of books out there and if you want to capture my attention, have a nice cover. The risk is otherwise that I will miss the book.

Why are they important to you?

The cover is the face out. When one browse books, whether it’s online or in a bookstore is it the cover that captures your interests first. Well, at least mine.

What do you not like in book covers?

Computerized figures, people that look like they belong in a game instead of on a book covers. Hate that! I just can’t take the book seriously.

What would you like to see more of in covers? 

Less stock photos and more unique covers. Sure, there are a lot of great stock photos, but personally, I find it lacks imagination to use a stock photo.

How many books have you read this year thus far?

226, when this post goes live, will it probably be more.

Do you participate in cover contest by voting for your favorite?

Yes, when I see one. I would love to see more covers contest.

When writing a book review do you consider the covers to be part of your rating the book? 

Not in the rating, however, I do mention covers now and then when I review books.

How much do you blog per week and how much do you talk about book covers?

I read a lot and that means a lot of reviews so mostly every day will I blog. I definitely blog at least one time a week about covers and that on Thursday when I post my weekly cover crush!

Magdalena’s Website

Another great indieBRAG interview with Magdalena HERE

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