Friday, January 13, 2012

Judging a book by its colour

We all judge books by their covers whether we like it or not.  But how much do we judge the cover by its colour?  Colour is deeply linked to emotions and the cover of a book can be vital to our decision to pick it up and give it a try.

Go and have a look at some of your favourite books.  Do many of them have the same colours? 

Look at these shelves - which book would you choose? Would you go for black hoping it might be science fiction or a dark and deadly crime novel?  Would you choose pastels; wanting a light romance or chicklit?  What about browns and sepias? Does that make you think of yesteryear?  What if there aren't any colours? Just a black and white drawing?  What does that say about the book inside?

Google Books even allow you to narrow a book search based on their colour!  Search for the author, click on images on the left hand side, then one of the options to narrow your search is colour! Fabulous! I never knew there were so many purple Roal Dahl books!

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