Skip Nav
This Addicting Quiz Is Driving the Internet Mad
JK Rowling
The Story of Harry Potter's Invisibility Cloak May Be WAY Darker Than We Thought
Digital Life
11 New Slang Terms to Memorize If You Want to Stay Cool

Do You Miss Cover Art When Reading an Ebook?

Ebooks Are Great, But Do You Miss the Covers?

A fan of printed books, I was hesitant to introduce a Kindle into my life, but since that fateful day, I've noticed a few distinct advantages of the gadget over a traditional book. For one, I can read books that would otherwise be a little bit embarrassing to read in public. (Yes, I'm talking about you, Twilight saga.) Besides being incognito with my guilty reading pleasure, not lugging around a giant hardcover was certainly appealing.

The New York Times touches on the cover-less phenomenon, but takes a different approach, wondering if readers miss beautiful cover art when they choose an ebook over a traditional book. To hear my feelings, and to share your thoughts, just


My feelings are mixed: on one hand, ebooks are good for travel, storage, moving, and general accessibility, but there's something to be said about the aesthetic of a shelf full of well-designed books. "You can’t tell a book by its cover if it doesn’t have one," the article says. And it's true — if I'm going to tackle an ambitious, intellectual book, I'd probably think twice about buying it in ebook form. "There's something about having a beautiful book that looks intellectually weighty and yummy,” said one woman quoted in the story. As someone who has tackled a tough and lengthy read like Anna Karenina, I'd have to agree.


What about you? Does a cover make the book? And do you miss the cover when you buy an ebook?

Source: Flickr User oldcockatoo

Join The Conversation
kdjone2 kdjone2 6 years
I miss the covers for sure. But more so, I just miss the overall feel of books. Curling up with a good book after a long day isn't the same as curling up with a piece of hardware. Plus, it makes it so much easier to get distracted!
rach716 rach716 7 years
I have a nook so there's a color screen at the bottom which you can view the covers of all your ebooks on. I appreciate it because I like to check out the cover of what I'm reading :)
Sanveann Sanveann 7 years
Depends on the book ... I do love beautiful cover art, but many of the books I read (especially nonfiction) don't have particularly striking covers anyway. Also, if you're reading something embarrassing -- like a trashy beach-read type of book -- sometimes you'd RATHER not have the cover! Also, if you're reading a really hefty novel, sometimes the Kindle is just so much easier on your hands/wrists that the lack of the beautiful cover is outweighed by the ease of holding it. Pssst ... I read my Kindle in the tub. Prob not smart, but I'm a mom ... if I didn't read in the tub, I wouldn't get ANY reading done!
luckyP luckyP 7 years
No, don't miss covers. But I do miss the properly formatted books. Oh, the e-books from Sony are horrible.
carmenspace carmenspace 7 years
Agree. I will still buy hard copies of my favorite books, and generally save e-books for the secret vices (Twilight, chick lit books). I love book covers, except for movie version book covers. Avoid those like the plague.
dannysf dannysf 7 years
Besides not being able to read in the tub, what I miss most when I use my kindle is the beautiful covers. That's why I still buy some pretty novels in book-form.
New Books in June 2017
Books About Refugees
Beach Books and Totes For Women
Best Summer Books 2017
From Our Partners
Latest Technology & Gadgets
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds