I know I’m most definitely in the minority for this since I’ve seen a couple of people talk about this, but I like ARCs that have a cover over the actual cover. The “cover” over the cover isn’t specifically a cover – it could be a letter from the author (or authors in my example below), a snippet from the book, or a short summary of the book.
The Queen of the Tearling has a premise cover and The Iron Trial has a letter written by both Holly Black and Cassandra Clare to the readers as its cover.
I don’t know why publishers do this with some ARCs, but I definitely I like it when publishers do this honestly. Maybe I like it because it makes the ARC unique since so many other ARCs don’t have a “cover” over the cover. It makes the ARC special in my eyes. It’s also fun to flip the page and see the actual cover.
How about you guys? Do you like the cover over a cover ARCs have or do you personally dislike them? Why? I want to know!