At the beginning of this summer, I began to start heavily using my blog’s Instagram, or “Bookstagram,” account. Considering the thousands (probably more like millions) of book-centric accounts on the social media platform, I was late to the game. Yet, I’ve slowly begun using it; building my profile, creating a feed “theme,” taking advantage of Instagram’s stories (I much prefer using Instagram stories over Snapchat, feeling that it’s not as private as Snapchat can be), and interacting with authors, publishers, and other readers in a new way! I’m a sucker for a beautiful cover and book design, so naturally, I fell into loving to take bookish photos! I’ve also started adding them into my posts here on the blog since I posted my redesign.
With this rise in book photography and aesthetic in the book community, I can understand why bloggers are feeling the need to post more visuals alongside their written posts. Normal digital graphics aren’t as eye-catching and engaging as looking at a pretty image of a new book with a text overlay. I personally started adding photos when I switched to a simple black and white blog design theme. I let the images bring color to the blog, so it’s always kind of changing!
But I’ve been starting to wonder: Does including visuals, particularly book photos, make for better posts?
I think it’s safe to say that there’s a higher chance people will click on a post that includes images. They help to guide the reader through the text. But as content goes, what does book photography add?
Well, for me, in this ever-growing digital age, the inclusion of an image of a physical book reminds me of how much I love real physical books! I love looking at the high-quality photos, showcasing the different elements that books have: gold foiling, deckled edges, dust jackets, end papers, shimmer, shine…! These photos could help someone decide if they want to spend the money on a physical book vs. the eBook.
I don’t know, maybe I’m starting to just talk crazy here. But, book photography clearly has an influence on readers, book readers and blog readers alike.