This week I received the Romance Writers' Report, November 2012, Volume 32, Number 13. I enjoyed your article, "Keeping the R in RWA." I appreciated your candor in describing yourself as "your worst English-major, cultural snob nightmare" before you discovered romance. But I do take exception for your discussion of book covers,
How many of you remember the hot item for sale at most conventions around the country 20 or 30 years ago? Cloth book covers. Maybe these were to protect the covers of our mass-market paperbacks from potential damage, but methinks not. Methinks it was so we could take a romance to the dentist's office without being embarrassed to be seen reading one of those books.
I haven't seen any mass market paperback book cover for sale in a while, so maybe we've outgrown them. I hope so ....
I discovered romance ten years ago while volunteering at the US Thrift Shop in the Netherlands. I took those books on the bus tours with the NATO ladies. They asked me, in broken English, where to buy those books.
When I moved back to the US, I attended my first RT conference in Daytona Beach/2006. I was delighted to find cloth book covers for mass market and trade size paperbacks from Hidden Secrets Book Covers (at this link). I see Bob each year at RT ... and I add another book cover to my collection. The best part - Bob is retired Navy - you can never go wrong with the Navy!
Here's my favorite cover - the tropical theme to keeps me in the Aloha spirit.
Here's my trade size book cover ... the pandas are happy readers!
Here's my Kindle cover with the Hawaiian theme ... hubby bought it at a craft fair.
I often receive compliments from people in line for bringing reading material. They even ask what I am reading. Methinks the cloth book cover attracts attention to the books, leaving others to wonder what is so valuable that requires protection.
Kim in Hawaii
Do you read in public? Are you concerned with the cover art? Do you use cloth book covers? One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash. This giveaway is open to all readers. Comments are open through Saturday, November 24, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, November 25.