by David Njoku
Judge a book by its cover. Always. Believe me, it’s the only way to stay sane.
Think about it. In the past year, 500,000 new books were self-published. And no, I didn’t fall asleep on the 0 key, I really do mean half a million books. And I don’t know about you, but I haven’t finished reading all of 2014’s books, or 2013’s.
I work as a computer programmer; maybe if I was an author, I’d paint you a nice picture swimming in similes and alive with metaphors, but I’m a computer programmer, so forgive me if I get a little jargony here. We’ve got a thing called an analytic function that takes all the information available and gives you a result; and whenever it comes across new information, it reviews its result and updates it.
And that’s what you should do with books. When all you know about a book is what its cover looks like, then you must judge it by its cover. It’s the author’s – or bookseller’s – job to present you with more information before you wander off. “Hey, you don’t like my book’s cover? But it’s got a really great murder mystery in it. Interested now?”
It’s kinda like why middle-aged men buy red sport cars. It says: hey beautiful young woman, you mean you don’t find my expanding waistline and receding hairline sexy? But check out my Porsche – whaddya think now?
I run a site called www.readfree.ly where we help book-lovers discover great new books (when they’re at their cheapest). And yes, the bestselling books are always the ones with the best covers. Which is fine. But sometimes I read an ugly book that I’m really in love with, and I wish there was a way to make everyone else read it too. You know that feeling; I’m sure you’ve been there too.
Which is why we’ve started a poll to find The 50 Best Indie Books of 2015. This way all of us – you, me and your grandmother – can nominate the very best book we’ve read in the past year, and, hopefully, get everyone to judge it by more than its cover.
So please, take a moment to go to The 50 Best Indie Books of 2015, to submit a nomination or two. Or take a look at the books everyone else is championing by checking out the #Indie50 hashtag on Twitter.
I’ve got bad news for you, my friend: now you no longer have any excuse to judge a book by its cover.