Sunday, October 11, 2009
Book Jackets: What Do You Do With Them? (Part 1)
I personally love dust jackets, and if you buy our books, you know Savas Beatie spends a lot of time and money crafting them. We do so for many reasons, and many publishers ignore this step of the publishing process at their peril.
Before we get to those reasons (a different poll, top left, and a different blog post), I asked a completely different question (more for fun than for anything else) in a recent poll.
Question: What do you do with your jackets when you are reading the book?
Here were the responses:
I leave them on when I read and rarely take them off. 18 (58%)
I take them off when I read and put them back on. 11 (35%)
Sometimes I leave them on, sometimes I take them off. 2 (6%)
I take them off when I receive my books, store them separately, and shelve the books without jackets. 0 (0%)
(That last one was a nod toward a friend of mine in Richmond (Paul S.) who strips his books naked and shelves them that way, storing his books separately from the jackets. I don't know, either.)
I did not vote in this poll, but I almost always remove the jacket, keep it in my nightstand, finish the book, re-jacket it, and then shelve it. I can't stand it when I snag the jacket corner or bottom, scuff it, bump it, etc.
Please check out the current poll question (top left) and answer it. That one I will discuss that jacket subject at greater depth.