I saw on a loop somewhere that a clever author came up with a generic book cover that readers could print off her website, then fold it to fit over their paperbacks so they wouldn’t be embarrassed to be “caught” reading a romance.
I can’t believe I didn’t book mark the site so I could show you! I think it is clever of the author. She was being sensitive to some of her reader’s concerns without judging. I’m good with that!
But that sparked a discussion about whether or not readers are embarrassed by racy or suggestive romance covers. We KNOW sexy covers sell the books, so this is really an interesting dynamic. People buy them because of the cover but don’t want to be caught reading them. Interesting psychology there!
Some people were convinced that people will switch to electronic readers to avoid embarrassment. Hmm, maybe for erotic? I don’t know, I think a select few might but most people have stronger reasons for choosing electronic readers.
For me, most of the time I really don’t care. On an airplane, I take whatever book I’m reading or appeals to me.
What about you all? Are there instances where you get embarrassed if you’re “caught” reading a romance?