I used to know the names of all those illustrators doing covers for SF books and magazines back in the 50/60/70s: Richard Powers, Kelly Freas, Ed Emswiller, and many others. That was a great time for cover art. These days, not so much.
I pad attention back in the 80s and 90s, and even was able to recognize some cover artists by their style, but not anymore. I'm one of those for whom the cover on a Kindle book is of little importance--On Amazon's website they are small enough not to make a big impression, and there is a lot more information in the forms of professional and reader reviews and such on the web page that is a more efficient way for me to make a judgement on the book.
About the only way covers affect me now is that if a cover is spectacularly amateurish or bad, I'll be more suspicious that the book content is unedited or has other problems.
Seeing as I was just at Amazon looking for a new series to read and instead found myself admiring book covers and wondering who the artist was and what other series they had done and then surfed to the Book Corner, this thread put a smile on my face.
I do. In fact, I love my covers and my cover artist so much, I post her name as illustrator along side mine as author. Bad covers WILL keep me from buying a book. I figure if you won't invest in the cover, why should I invest in your book.
I think the people who most notice who the artist is would be artists themselves or authors. I can honestly say I never really thought about covers before I started writing. And that's a good thing - as has been stated, if the cover is well made, it won't make someone hesitate to purchase the book. If it's a cheap cover, readers may pass the book up.
Yes, I do look at the copyrights page to see who the artist is if I find a cover interesting. Actually, I have a feeling I nearly always look to see the credits for the cover. Covers are very important to me. I think I would have liked to go to art college if I hadn't wanted to be a writer even more.
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