Maybe We Shouldn’t Change our Book Covers

Saint Gasoline does a nice, quick job of arguing why atheist books should stay away from imitating the popular Christian I-always-smile-now-take-a-picture book covers:

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I suppose that wouldn’t sell so many copies. But it’s still more appealing than Christopher Hitchens’ book cover.

I also enjoyed his commentary:

The last thing I need when buying [a] book for a good intellectual romp is for the checkout clerk to think I’m buying some sort of lame self-help book because I am self-conscious about my penis size. That’s exactly what those sorts of covers say to me. Book cover: “Hi, I’m a smiling, masculine professional, here to assure you that you shouldn’t have low self-worth. You are a great, wonderful human being, or else why would I be smiling? Don’t you trust my apparent sophistication and seemingly targeted judgments?” This sort of cover would be horrid, and I hope to never see anything like it again, for the rest of my days.



[tags]atheist, atheism, Saint Gasoline, Christian, Christopher Hitchens[/tags]

  • MTran

    I’m in total agreement. For me, the only time that a person should appear on a book cover is when the book is a biography or a historical study of some sort that is well represented by the person.

  • http://uncrediblehallq.blogspot.com Chris Hallquist

    Yeah… and remember, there are books with memorable covers that aren’t of the book’s author. The author-on-the-cover thing works for some genres, but not all by any stretch of the imagination.

    On the other hand, atheists have used it when appropriate: see Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel.

    Oh, but that photo is still funny, and shows why personal photos are so very often a bad idea.

  • http://www.bruinskeptics.org Roy

    Actually, Hitchens’ book cover is excellently designed and very appealing.

  • Andrew

    I agree.

    But this says something else to me:

    The last thing I need when buying [a] book for a good intellectual romp is for the checkout clerk to think I’m buying some sort of lame self-help book because I am self-conscious about my penis size.

    If his self-esteem relies on other people, he does need self-help.

  • http://patrickimo.blogspot.com Patrick Craig

    I’d buy that damned book, and not only that, I’d shake Mr. Smilerton’s hand…

    Kinda weird – this Smilerton guy looks like a strange cross between TBN’s Paul Crouch and Jerry Orbach (“Bob” rest his soul). BTW, did anyone know that Orbach had a role in Disney’s Beauty and The Beast?


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