So I've been thinking about covers lately since I saw this post on The Story Siren this morning. It's about the cover of The Wide Awake Princess by E.D. Baker. It had a picture on the front of it, but then the publishing company changed it to a cartoon cover. (To see the actual picture just click on the link - it takes you right to Kristi's post about it.)
Now, I don't know about you, but I'm not a big fan of cartoon covers. When I go book shopping, and this is going to sound horrible, but I look at the covers before I'll read the summaries. 9 times out of 10, if I don't like the cover, I won't read the summary of the book.
Now, books like the Simon Romantic Comedies, I don't mind the cartoons on those. I don't know what it is. I guess it's because I know I like them already, so I don't really mind their cartoon covers. But on any other book... cartoon covers = bad to me. (Even though I'm finding that Simon Pulse is changing the covers on the Simon Rom Coms to make them more marketable, also.)
I found it very surprising because I thought lots of people thought this way. I thought a majority of people preferred the "picture" covers instead of the cartoon ones.
So I guess what I'm getting at is: What is YOUR opinion? Do you like "picture" covers more than cartoon covers or vice versa? Why? Do you think that publishers have better luck selling books with the "picture" covers rather than the cartoon covers?