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http://www.plr.me/pcp-special - Does design matter when it comes to selling and marketing your books? Do people REALLY judge a book by its cover? Is design important for self-publishers, particularly in the massive Amazon.com, Createspace, and Kindle marketplace? Can you get away with doing the design yourself, without spending hundreds - even thousands - on a pro book designer? You'll be surprised. Ronnie Nijmeh, author, publisher, and book design authority shares the real stats from surveys and academic studies about book design, book publishing, and book marketing...

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does design

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What makes design important?

Good Design distinguishes you from others.

design

matters21%

Q: Do covers play a decisive role in your decision to purchase a book?

Yes No

79%Source: TheBookSmugglers.com

design

Q: Can (or has) a cover ever be the SOLE driving factor in your decision to purchase a book?

matters40%60%

Yes No

Source: TheBookSmugglers.com

design

matters62%Artistic Representation of the Book Marketing Tool Other

Q: In your opinion, what role do covers play for a book?12%

26%

Source: TheBookSmugglers.com

design

mattersA lot.

What do scientic studies say about book design?

design

matters

What Makes People Want to Read a Book?: An Experimental Study By: Alain dAstous, Franois Colbert, Imene MbarekIn a hierarchy-of-eects perspective (e.g., McGuire, 1978), getting peoples attention is a required step before persuading them to buy. The visual cues that are part of a products package are likely to play a signicant role in attracting the attention of consumers, but they may also lead to evaluative inferences. Stokes (1985) has shown that a products package has a signicant impact on perceived quality, especially when consumers are not familiar with the brand. A books cover is analogous to a products package. Like a package, it fullls technical and marketing functions. Thus, in addition to serving as a container and a protection for the books content, the cover delivers direct (e.g., the title, the drawings and pictures) as well as indirect (e.g., the colors, the cover material) information about the book quality and content. According to balance theory, linking a positively-valued object to a target object makes the latter object more positive (Eagly and Chaiken, 1993; Heider, 1946). Consequently, the attractiveness of the book cover should have a positive impact on readers impression of a new book.

Source: http://www.gestiondesarts.com/leadmin/templates/main/PDF_Publications/Titulaire/AIMAC8_d_Ast_Colb_Mbar.pdf

design

matters

...the most important eect appears to be that of the attractiveness of the book cover... more attractive book covers led to greater consumer interest...

Source: http://www.gestiondesarts.com/leadmin/templates/main/PDF_Publications/Titulaire/AIMAC8_d_Ast_Colb_Mbar.pdf

design

matters

...getting peoples attention is a required step before persuading them to buy.

Source: http://www.gestiondesarts.com/leadmin/templates/main/PDF_Publications/Titulaire/AIMAC8_d_Ast_Colb_Mbar.pdf

design

matters

...The attractiveness of the book cover should have a positive impact on readers impression of a new book.

Source: http://www.gestiondesarts.com/leadmin/templates/main/PDF_Publications/Titulaire/AIMAC8_d_Ast_Colb_Mbar.pdf

design

matters

... a products package has a signicant impact on perceived quality, especially when consumers are not familiar with [the book].

Source: http://www.gestiondesarts.com/leadmin/templates/main/PDF_Publications/Titulaire/AIMAC8_d_Ast_Colb_Mbar.pdf

designKey Findings...

matters

Table 1 presents the results issued from the ANOVA. To simplify the presentation, the statistics for all main eects and for statistically signicant interactions only are reported. As can be seen, three main eects and one two-way interaction were statistically signicant. As predicted by H1, consumer interest in the book was greater when the author was famous (mean = 4.50) than when he/she was not (mean = 4.34). However, this eect needs to be qualied because it interacted signicantly with the type of book. The reputation of the publisher also had a signicant impact on consumer interest, as books from a well-established publishing company were judged to be more interesting (mean = 4.53) than books from an unknown publisher (mean = 4.29). This result gives empirical support to H2. Judging from the magnitude of the F statistics, the most important eect appears to be that of the attractiveness of the book cover. As predicted by H3, more attractive book covers led to greater consumer interest (mean = 4.58) than less attractive covers (mean = 4.26). Figure 2 presents the plot of the marginal means of these three statistically signicant eects.

Source: http://www.gestiondesarts.com/leadmin/templates/main/PDF_Publications/Titulaire/AIMAC8_d_Ast_Colb_Mbar.pdf

design

matters

Source: http://www.gestiondesarts.com/leadmin/templates/main/PDF_Publications/Titulaire/AIMAC8_d_Ast_Colb_Mbar.pdf

design

matters

Final study results...

...Attractive book covers can not only get readers attention, they are also likely to make a new book appear more interesting, all other things being equal.

Source: http://www.gestiondesarts.com/leadmin/templates/main/PDF_Publications/Titulaire/AIMAC8_d_Ast_Colb_Mbar.pdf

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