You can't judge....

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It's an easy phrase to say; you can't judge a book by its cover. But the reality is different. We always judge books by their covers. I've been teaching a class on Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse and this prompted me to do some reasearch on the packaging of that book over the years. Here are three completely different covers.

The first cover is Vanessa Bell's original cover for the Hogarth Press edition, 1927.  The second dates from 2000 and the third, 2004. The final cover is the 1999 Wordsworth Classic.

To the lighthouse Vanessa BellPenguin Modern Classics 2000Vintage_Classics_2004.jpg images

 Which publication would you pick up? And how important do you think covers are in the age of e-readers?


  • Carmel Brotherton Wednesday, 05 March 2014

    I believe we all look for different things. We definitely have to be enticed by the mystery behind the cover and so its true a cover is important as it draws the onlooker in. For me It is a hard choice as each cover has an element of intrigue for different reasons. But in the end I think I would those either the pink/watermelon paisley lady or the very last one.

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