Once upon a time, before the time of Goodreads and the iron rule of the mighty Kindle clan, books were physical, mystical beasts, hunted for their meat in thrift stores and Borders locations across the land. And without the guidance of Amazon.com customer reviews and Reddit, the commonwealth made do with what they could.
Never judge a book by its cover, they said; but we had no user reviews to heed, and r/books was just a whisper on the wind. So it came to pass that many books were thus judged by their covers.
In the sprawling spiderweb of today’s book-hunting ground, choices abound. Book covers still live. Fantasy readers are intimately familiar with the mysterious cloaked man standing dramatically:
Or the ridiculously photogenic sword: Continue reading