Between the Covers: Inside Information

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Between the Covers: Inside Information

By Eunice Anderson

Before reading a book my ritual is to look at all of the information on the covers—book front, inside flaps on front & back covers, and the back of the cover. I like to read the short author biography and I check number of pages before I begin reading. These details whet my reading appetite but do not fulfill reading the book.  

Writers know the importance of captivating a reader by the first sentence, paragraph, or chapter to keep them interested. Publishers on the other hand, work hard to attract readers to books: by the cover art, book title, layout and design. The old saying, “You can’t judge a book by its cover” is true but the cover can sometimes determine whether it gets selected by a reader.

Today there are a variety of ways to “read” a book: eReaders, iPad, iPod, tablets, MP3 players, computers, smart phones, CDs, paperback and hardback books. Considering the advancements in technology, this year’s theme, Between the Covers, has a whole new meaning. What has not changed is the pleasure derived when the reading begins.

Readers can expand their book enjoyment and interact with other readers through this review blog. If you are interested in knowing what other readers are saying about books, this is place to find it. Stop by this blogspot throughout the summer, we want to hear from you.

This summer, whatever your ritual, whatever covers attract your attention, whatever device or format suits your lifestyle, join in the adult summer reading program, get Between the Covers with the Pratt Library.