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>> No. 6796 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 12:37 am
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What features of book covers are a tip-off it's going to automatically be a terrible book? I think good-looking people, models and six-packs.
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>> No. 6797 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 12:38 am
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and space ships.
>> No. 6798 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 12:42 am
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Crude kids' drawings. I know it's just a tip-off to the genre but I mean the type of thing you see when you're scrolling a pirate website which makes you think "nope".
>> No. 6799 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 12:51 am
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>six-packs

I can make an exception here but this is a terrible cover for this book.
>> No. 6800 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 12:55 am
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Good looking people with wolves.
>> No. 6801 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 12:56 am
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Swords.
>> No. 6802 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 1:00 am
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Pixies.
>> No. 6803 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 1:07 am
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Cozy-mystery puns.
>> No. 6804 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 1:13 am
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This fucking bitch.
>> No. 6805 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 2:32 am
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I know this has been viral for years...
>> No. 6806 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 2:32 am
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... but I think a balloon delivery company is a good idea really. Have you ever tried carting a big, heavy balloon home on your own?
>> No. 6807 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 2:37 am
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When I see things like "for Game of Thrones fans", I think it's going to be a cynical rip-off. I hate when they swipe whole characters, like Sherlock Holmes, too.
>> No. 6808 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 2:42 am
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I hate when the title's nearly the same as some piece of classic fiction, like it's supposed to lend it an air of credibility it doesn't deserve, and have the less culturally literate thinking "Oh, I think I've heard of that."
>> No. 6809 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 9:23 am
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>>6808
>A Pride and Prejudice variation

Is this legal? How is this legal? It's certainly not tasteful. Jimmies distinctly rustled, pah.
>> No. 6810 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 10:20 am
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>>6809

Pride and Prejudice is out of copyright, so you can do what you like with it. I could perfectly legally publish a book called Pride and Prejudice and Violent Bumming, which consists of the entire text of Pride and Prejudice with some added gay rape scenes.
>> No. 6811 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 10:33 am
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>>6796
It's a lot like graphic t-shirts. If the cover is a more concrete image of something it's a bad sign, usually abstract images/patterns or just a title and block colours are a better sign. Trying to resemble a film poster is a good indication it's trash.
>> No. 6812 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 10:44 am
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>>6809

I've forgotten the right terms, but aren't some classics "public domain" or whatever the correct legalese is?
>> No. 6813 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 11:19 am
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>>6812

Copyright lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years, after which all creative works enter the public domain. With the sole exception of the stage version of Peter Pan. Seriously, Google it.
>> No. 6814 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 1:52 pm
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>>6797
Why are you trying to bait me, m8. Those books are ace. I also read a steampunk novel with a Zeppelin on the front that was good once, honest.
>> No. 6815 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 1:56 pm
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>>6813

Is it life of the Author plus 70 years in the UK? I thought that came about because of Disney desperately trying to keep a hold of Mickey.
>> No. 6816 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 6:32 pm
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>>6797

A space ship and a nebulous title is an indicator that I'll love a book, to be honest. LW and the rest of the Expanse series is proper good. They made it into a telly series and everything.

Sage for being a nerd
>> No. 6817 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 7:03 pm
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Thirded.

Having a spaceship on the cover is really just an indicator of the genre.
Sci-fi art is a thriving business, and the cover of books like LW are very expertly produced.
Instead, something that is more likely to show that a sci-fi book is terrible, is that the spaceship on the cover is low quality CGI thrown onto a generic background, like this.

A lot of the book covers in this thread which look awful, are awful because they've been thrown together by a minimum wage freelancer with a load of stock photos. Like >>6801 which would have looked far more convincing if everything below the shoulders just faded to black, instead of making horribly bodged-in hand.
And >>6808 would have been passable if they'd left it as either just the house, or just those bony tarts. Having their heads in an inset is what makes it look crappy.
>> No. 6818 Anonymous
4th October 2018
Thursday 7:53 pm
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>>6808

The Heir's Disgrace sounds like the filthiest sort of erotica.
>> No. 6819 Anonymous
5th October 2018
Friday 4:40 am
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I love this book cover but don't fancy the synopsis in the least.

>Sam Thornton is a soul collector. After having his own soul collected more than 60 years ago, Sam has resigned himself to his lot in life. Dispatched on another routine collection—this time for the soul of Kate, a young girl who savagely murdered her family—Sam reaches in to take her essence, and is thrown back by the force of the beauty and light within her, leaving Sam in a precarious and dangerous position: refusing to finish the job...
>> No. 6820 Anonymous
5th October 2018
Friday 5:08 am
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>>6819

I'm not really talking about covers anymore but books which won't stay in one genre bug me. It's why I don't like urban fantasy and magical realism.

Then there are books I think of having Scooby Doo plots, which are billed as gently creepy horror but then everything ends up having a rational explanation. Even if it seems perfectly engrossing while I'm reading it, the ending makes me just not know what to make of it.
>> No. 6821 Anonymous
5th October 2018
Friday 5:10 am
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>>6820

Jeremy Bates is bad for this.
>> No. 6822 Anonymous
6th October 2018
Saturday 10:10 am
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>>6820
>books which won't stay in one genre bug me. It's why I don't like urban fantasy and magical realism.
Not to just throw around the term "autism" willy-nilly like, but...
>> No. 6823 Anonymous
6th October 2018
Saturday 10:19 am
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I'm really the only one to find steampunk and mash-ups annoying?
>> No. 6824 Anonymous
6th October 2018
Saturday 10:48 am
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>>6823

I've read this and it fully left out the best bit. I'm not trying to do spoilers but you know the bit where they're in the garden?
>> No. 6915 Anonymous
22nd January 2019
Tuesday 12:30 am
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Oh boy.
>> No. 6916 Anonymous
22nd January 2019
Tuesday 1:10 pm
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>>6814
I think I remember this book.
>> No. 6917 Anonymous
22nd January 2019
Tuesday 1:31 pm
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It's hard to say what makes a book cover a red flag exactly. Ignoring the obvious things like "CLAN VAMPIRE CLASH" being written on it or it being a a stupid steampunk maship, it's something about the quality of the image.

In a lot of the examples here they have that same, cheap looking collage effect:
>>6796
>>6800
>>6801
Or look like a not-quite-professional deviantartist commission:
>>6802
>>6803
I think the biggest tell about >>6808 is the terrible choice of fonts and how they're resized. It's just the whole thing has been obviously done by someone with no idea about design. In the case of >>6817 whoever made and approved the cover having the mental age of a preteen.
>> No. 6938 Anonymous
1st February 2019
Friday 12:33 pm
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>> No. 7010 Anonymous
25th June 2019
Tuesday 5:09 pm
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I found this

https://kindlecoverdisasters.tumblr.com/
>> No. 7011 Anonymous
25th June 2019
Tuesday 5:20 pm
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>>7010
Why's this one on there? This the most beautiful imagery the Western World has produced, from cave paintings to baroque cathedrals it was all leading to this one vision of absolute purity and satisfaction.
>> No. 7015 Anonymous
26th June 2019
Wednesday 12:51 pm
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>>7010
Posting Chuck Tingle is cheating.
>> No. 7016 Anonymous
26th June 2019
Wednesday 8:32 pm
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>>7015
Pounded In The Butt By A Britfags Poster's Contention That Including My Books About Being Pounded In The Butt In A List Of Humorous Book Titles Is Cheating.
>> No. 7019 Anonymous
16th July 2019
Tuesday 12:14 pm
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>Who Shot the Serif? by Jessa Archer (Hand Lettering Mystery Book 1)

>When Jamie Lang finds one of her hand lettered quotes on the window of her shop, Flourish, with a hole shot through a serif, she knows someone's trying to drive her business into red ink....
>> No. 7020 Anonymous
16th July 2019
Tuesday 5:13 pm
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>>7019
Sometimes you just know an author came up with the name and then felt they had to write a book about it.

I'm actually guilty of this, just haven't written the book yet.
>> No. 7021 Anonymous
16th July 2019
Tuesday 5:18 pm
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>>7020
It's called 'Bangers & Mash' isn't it?
>> No. 7022 Anonymous
16th July 2019
Tuesday 5:22 pm
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>>7021
The threads are leaking again! It's much better than that, I assure you. Naturally I won't be sharing since I don't want Charlie Brooker to nick it.
>> No. 7023 Anonymous
16th July 2019
Tuesday 5:30 pm
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>>7022
Mate, saying "dibs on Konnie" didn't actually make her your fiancé.
>> No. 7024 Anonymous
16th July 2019
Tuesday 5:51 pm
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>>7023
Close but no cigar. It's actually about a team of gay Scottish footballers who moonlight as costumed superheroes in their spare time. It's called 'Power Bottom Rangers'.
>> No. 7025 Anonymous
16th July 2019
Tuesday 6:31 pm
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>>7024
I wasn't keen on that episode of Black Mirror.
>> No. 7026 Anonymous
16th July 2019
Tuesday 6:38 pm
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>>7025
It's been terrible ever since the yanks got hold of it to be fair.

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