What About Book Jackets?
“My suggestion to publishers is a variation on the step-back idea. For the outermost cover, a sensual image could be used to grab shoppers’ attention. But that cover would be perforated, enabling sensitive readers to tear it off and reveal a second cover, one with an inoffensive design that would allow them to enjoy the books in public without embarrassment.”
Wow. Way to go. If that ever happens, people who denigrate romance novels as “bodice rippers” won’t be so inaccurate anymore.
Besides, even the thought of tearing off covers–no matter how awful they are–really horrifies the bibliophile in me.