“While acknowledging that we can’t judge books by their covers, how much does the design of a book affect your reading enjoyment? Hardcover vs. softcover? Trade paperback vs. mass market paperback? Font? Illustrations? Etc.?”
The cover of a book certainly does draw my attention, especially in the library and I do make a point to post the cover along with my reivew here, for those who do judge a book by the cover. However, for the most part, I try to read the summary of the book before I check it out. A book may have a flashy cover but be a rotten apple in ide. I wouldn’t say that it affects my reading enjoyment. Some of my favorite books have had the worst covers.
I prefer softcover just because it’s easier to carry around at school and such. Most of the books at my public library are hardback and they are a pain to lug on the airplane and such.