Do you Judge a Book by its… Publisher?
A few weeks ago I did a post about books that I just couldn’t get into enough to finish. One of those books happened to be from MTV Books. And someone mentioned in the comments section that they had always been “suspicious of MTV books” which I’m going to assume meant that they thought they wouldn’t like them.
But three of my all time favorite books are actually MTV Books:
I wonder if that person would think differently if they knew that MTV Books was an imprint of Simon & Schuster?
So that got me to thinking…. have I ever judged a book by it’s publisher.
I have to admit, I do at times look at the publisher. If it’s a title or an author I’ve never heard of, I usually read the synopsis and then look to see who the publisher is. If I’m on the fence about whether or not I want to read it, and the publisher isn’t one I’ve heard of, it’s highly unlikely I’ll read the book. Although there have been times I’ve read books from smaller presses that I hadn’t heard of before.
At the same time, if it’s an author or title I’ve heard of and the synopsis has me hooked, I don’t even bother looking at the publisher.
What’s up with that?