Thursday, August 09, 2012

Old Genealogy Book Cover

cool cover by midgefrazel
cool cover, a photo by midgefrazel on Flickr.

Judging a (genealogy) book by its cover? 
When I download a genealogy or history book from or Google Books in PDF, I open it up quickly to see how I should file that book on my portable hard drive so that I can find it again. Have you noticed how LONG the titles of the books are?

Recently, I noticed that they have scanned the book covers too. I liked this one. It must have been expensive to bind books like this one.

I read recently that ebook covers are not necessarily like their paper counterparts. Just how important is the book cover anymore? I tend to buy stretchy book covers at office supplies store at this time of year to cover my hardcover books that I must use for research but I admit, that most of my books in print are paperback or spiral.

Many of you don't know that I am the author or co-author of 9 books in print and one ebook. I did not have any input on the cover or much control over the formatting inside.

I think I will go read a book. See you on Monday...


Celia Lewis said...

I love scanning book covers... adds a flavour to the book details. And yes, those titles are sooooo long with subtitles and added phrases etc. A particular trait of the late 1800s, I think. Maybe with your next book, you'll e-publish with your own decisions on cover & formatting! Cheers.

Midge Frazel said...

No more book writing for me! I am retiring in December and I am really looking forward to it.

Thanks for being a loyal reader and commenter.


Anonymous said...

I love the marbled covers and always get a kick out of seeing them when I'm doing my research!

Anonymous said...

Oh, and covers are still important to me, because I refuse to buy ebooks. LOL ;)

And I feel your pain on not having much control over the cover. My publishers ask for input and ideas, but they're the ones who create the covers.