Which book cover do you like?

My publisher just sent me two sample covers for the new book I’m writing to parents about connecting with their “Smartphone obsessed” kids.

Which cover do you like better? Use the comment feature below… in fact… anyone who includes their name and city in their comment, I’ll drop your name in a hat to win a free copy of the book when it hits the shelves. I’ll draw 5 names and give away 5 of them!

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About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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134 Responses to Which book cover do you like?

  1. Dan says:

    The one on the right, for sure.

    Dan in Milwaukee

  2. Rick Nier says:

    The one on the right.

  3. Chris Anderson says:

    The one to the right seems more appealing

    Chris in Tulsa

  4. john thornberry says:

    The one on the right…

  5. Paul Turner says:

    The one on the right.

  6. Matthew says:

    I think they are both good options, but personally I like the one on the left. I think the logos representing different technology (texting, LOL-speak, Instagram, Twitter, etc) will grab the attention of the parents who feel intimidated by their lack of understanding of those areas.

    Matthew from Killarney, Manitoba, Canada.

  7. Rob Crenshaw says:

    The darker one with the phone.

    Rob from Thousand Oaks, CA

  8. Ryan Wallace says:

    The cover on the right with the iPhone.

  9. Sarah says:

    The one on the right.

  10. Janie Platt says:

    I like the one on the right–darker background with a picture of an iPhone. The red one just looks like any other book and doesn’t pop out at me at all.
    Janie Platt
    Fraser, MI

  11. Eleanor says:

    I’m going with the red one on the left. I personally like both, but when speaking with parents that are at times a bit clueless, they will understand that better.

    • Ha… we parents are a bit clueless. I think we need as much help as we can get! (Of course, we don’t know that until we’re parents, and then we learn that even more when we are the parents of teenagers!)

  12. The one on the right definitely!

    Hannah & Adam Yth Leaders Sumner, Iowa

  13. Danny Bowers says:

    Left Side

    Danny from Saint Louis

  14. Jason Kite says:

    The left one is android with a very material design feel. The right is more iOS with the organic feel of the wood background and photo feel of the cover… I’m an android guy myself.

    Jason Kite Lubbock Texas

  15. Kyle Riddle says:

    Definitely the one on the right.

    Kyle from Owenton, KY

  16. Kyle Wassom says:

    The one on the right, definitely!

  17. James Taylor says:

    The one that stands out the most is clearly the one on the right. The one on the left isn’t bad, just doesn’t pop as much as the one on the right.

    James in Newark, DE

    • Layton Dutton says:

      Very cool to read a comment from someone in Delaware. I’m originally from lower, slower DE – Milton, near Rehoboth Beach. God bless!

  18. Melinda McCue says:

    Straight up- one on the right

  19. Jesse Turner says:

    One on the right is better.

    Jesse from Adrian, MI

  20. Josh Nelson says:

    My vote would be the one on the right. If smartphones & their use are the main centerpiece to the book, which the title would suggest, then it makes sense for the iconic smartphone to be the attention grabber on the cover.

    Josh in Manhattan, KS

  21. Garth Allen says:

    The one on the left

  22. Tami Uhler says:

    On the right!

  23. Debbie alexander says:

    The darker one on right side with Iphone

  24. Joey Wood says:

    I really like the one on the left (Red Cover)!

    Joey from Huntsville, Alabama

  25. Lori Fallon says:

    I prefer the one on the right! My eyes were instantly drawn to it and I wanted to read the title! Congratulations!
    Lori Fallon
    Monticello, AR

  26. Aaron says:

    Without a doubt the one on the right, with the large iphone on the cover. So much better.

    Aaron in Jasper, IN

  27. Victor Morales says:

    The one with the big phone and wood background

    Victor from Dallas

  28. Julie Keenan says:

    Although I like the one on the right, the one on the left will pop out more and be more appealing to moms.

  29. Tim in Boston area says:

    The one with the phone, it grabs my attention and explains visually what the book is about better than the plain reddish one.
    …Although I kind of wish it wasn’t “52” ways. At first that made me think it had to do with a calendar app or scheduling help for busy people, and distracted me from what it is really about.

  30. Scott Ritter says:

    I like the one of the left, the red cover

    Scott

    Brentwood, Ca.

  31. Deanna Lane says:

    The one on the right caught my eye first. Go with that one!

  32. Sandy Salinas says:

    The one on the right.

    Sandy in San Antonio, TX

  33. Stephanie Karolus says:

    The one on the right. It seems to stand out just a bit more.

    Barnesville

  34. Shawn Kreiser says:

    My eyes were drawn to the picture of the actual phone book cover first. It would be great if you could somehow incorporate the logos of Twitter, Instagram, etc on this book cover because I believe logos can be intimidating for parents and confusing if they are not part of the parents social media world. Finally a reliable source to help me navigate the social media waters. Parents may wonder which logo belongs to which social media and if you do not know it makes you feel dumb and entirely not-connected. Perhaps the logos could be superimposed on the edge of the phone or something? Number 52 really jumps out on this particular book cover as well. Thanks for including your audience in this decision-making process. Another testimony of how you really care about what we think.

    Shawn from Schaefferstown, PA

  35. Laura says:

    The one on the right is my preference. Visually it’s cleaner and has a more modern look.

    Laura from Cincinnati

  36. Tim says:

    The one on the right. Because you are talking about smartphones, it draws your attention to the book.

  37. Nick Johnson says:

    Definitely the one on the right. Agree with the comments to add the various social media logos to it.

    Nick Johnson
    Gilbert, AZ

  38. Cindy says:

    I like the one on the right….Cindy from Clinton, MS

  39. April says:

    I’m going with the one on the left with the orange cover for sure. The one on the right is harder to read. I have to look longer to read the info on the cover. God luck!

  40. Cherie says:

    Love the one on the right!!!
    ~ Cherie from High Springs, FL

  41. Amy in Carrollton, GA says:

    I think the one on the right with the phone on the cover is the best. It is more modern looking. 🙂

  42. Gretel Roberts says:

    The one on the right!

    Gretel Roberts
    Dallas, TX

  43. Lance in OKC says:

    I definitely like the orange one (on the left) better. I love all of the activity there!

  44. Merri says:

    LOVE the right one – it is more eye catching to me.
    Thanks for writing and sharing the cover…

  45. Mark Ferry says:

    not the one on the left

  46. Mike says:

    Red one on the left looks more professional in my opinion, and a little more “timeless.” The one on the right may seem quite outdated in 5 years.

    Mike F.
    New Brunswick, Canada

  47. Elise Chapman says:

    Cover on the right with the big phone! It’ll grab “Big” attention! Way to go Jonathan!

  48. Vance says:

    I definitely like the one on the right, It looks great, will get people’s attention and is let’s you know that the book is about smartphones even before you read the title.

    Vance Y.
    Turlock, CA

  49. Kelly Erler says:

    The one on the right with the smart phone.

  50. Kelly Erler says:

    The smart phone cover-Redlands, Ca

  51. CG says:

    The orange one (L) definitely! Chusi G. Coppell, TX

  52. I like the one on the right – feels more contemporary.

  53. Paul Loeffler says:

    The one on the right, definitely.

    Paul Loeffler, Moses Lake, WA.

  54. Phil Ball says:

    I like the one with the large phone.
    Phil from Vancouver, WA

  55. Kevin Downey says:

    I prefer the one on the right. I find the title pops better.

    Kevin Downey Chilliwack, BC, Canada

  56. Heidi Moore says:

    The right one with the smartphone. This cover really jumps out at you. It looks more “modern day”. The one on the left did not catch my attention at all and appears “dated”.

    Heidi Moore, Hoschton, GA

  57. Donna Lynch says:

    I prefer the one on the right – with the picture of the phone, up against the wood grain.

  58. Hector Meza says:

    The one on the right catches my eye. I’m from Brick, NJ

  59. marilyn anderson says:

    The one on the right for sure!!!! 😉

  60. Kelcey Fry says:

    The one on the right, simple and clean lines.

  61. Jesse says:

    I prefer the one on the left, the one on the right is visually appealing but looks like a magazine cover. The left cover has very subtle illustrations that go along way.

    Jesse from Mansfield, Ohio!

  62. Jeremy Hetzel says:

    My vote is the one on the right. Grabbed my attention much better. Seemed clearer regarding the topic of the book. I liked the design.

    Jeremy Hetzel
    Colorado Springs, CO

  63. Caroline says:

    The one on the right with the phone. Easier to figure out what the book is about and a lot of parents aren’t any better then their kids with the phone, it will speak to them as well!

  64. Josh says:

    The one on the right – but you could tinker with which phone you use. : )

  65. Tracey says:

    The one on the right. Sheesh, parents better get their heads out of the sand and understand what their kids are doing! Looks like a great resource. Tracey from Naperville, IL

  66. Jen says:

    I like the one on the right. My son votes for that one too 🙂 He says if you’re in a book store, the phone will catch your eye and you instantly know what the book is about.

    Jen, Sacramento

  67. Jared says:

    I am in favor of the one on the right. It has a more modern, catchier appeal.

    Jared Burkholder from Emmaus, Pa

  68. Shaun Dickerson says:

    The one on the right caught my eye.

  69. Julie says:

    The one on the right 🙂

  70. Louise says:

    I prefer the one on the right for parents. The cover on the left looks more inviting for a teen audience.

  71. Pat Morse says:

    The one on the right. It makes it clearer that it deals with phones.

  72. Jessica says:

    The one on the right

    Jessica from Findlay, Ohio

  73. Kecia Melton says:

    I vote for the one on the right…
    -the large phone on the cover makes it obvious what you’re addressing
    -the cover in general seems more “current”, with the wood background, etc.
    -the white lettering is easy to read on the black of the phone screen

    Put my name in the hat, please. 🙂 -Kecia Melton from Gladstone, Oregon

  74. Cecelia Thomas says:

    I like the one on the right with the picture of the phone.

  75. Bill says:

    The one on the right…

    Bill from Albuquerque, NM

    Thanks, Jonathan!

  76. Kevin Hand says:

    One with the phone, although both look good, I like that one he best.

    Kevin Hand
    Spartanburg, SC

  77. Tonia Biondi says:

    I like the book on the right.

  78. David Lawrence says:

    The one on the right looks more appealing and catchy to my eye.
    David
    Paragould, AR

  79. Lidany Rouse says:

    Left! For marketing purposes alone it draws attention, cautions and creates a call to action 😉

  80. James Hauptman says:

    My initial reaction was the one on the right; but I quickly settled on the one on the left. Who knows how long the current iPhone will be the standard image of a mobile device. If it changes, the cover will make your book look outdated before they even read a word!

  81. Philip Rabon says:

    I like the left option. Better fits the title of the book.

  82. Eric says:

    They are both good designs, but the one on the right will stand out more when a parent is looking quickly at images and once it has captured their attention, then the content can persuade them to buy it and read it and love it.

  83. Layton Dutton says:

    When it popped up on my e-mail the one on the left stuck out right away. It was bright and looked like it would be something easy to read, whereas the one on the left looked like it would have big words and no pictures. 🙂 When I clicked on it and saw them close up, I do like the design of the one on the right, but would say that I prefer brighter colors so I would go with the one on the left and it seems like something that wouldn’t take a year to finish reading. If they made brighter colors for the one on the right I would like it more since it is a unique cover. Layton from Evart, Michigan

  84. Wes Henson says:

    The one on the left feels a little cleaner.

    wes from Bronte, Texas

  85. Troy says:

    The one on the right ties in better with the theme of the book.

  86. Jenn C says:

    The right one! It looks a lot cleaner =)

  87. The one on the right 🙂

  88. Rocky Freeman says:

    In regards to the book covers: I must admit that I think they need to go back to the drawing board. The left is drab in color…..if going with color, then really make it pop. I believe more women will appreciate the left. The cover on the right probably appeals to men more, as it is more crisp and business like. Being a man, I would say the better of these two choices is the right, but I believe something better is out there. I recommend taking designs from your subscribers. There are probably some really creative and brilliant people at your disposal. Hope this helps. Keep up the good work. Your brother in Christ…..ROCKY

  89. Phil Strahm says:

    Right side looks more enticing to an adult parent.

    Phil
    Indianapolis.

  90. Ruben Regalado says:

    The book cover on the right with the picture of the I-phone caught my eye. Maybe it a sign I have an obsession with screen media. If I were to be walking the aisles of the bookstore the other cover would blend in. If I was just browsing I would probably miss it.

  91. Chad Feight says:

    The one on the right is the clear winner. The left one looks outdated.

    -Chad, Cedar Rapids, IA

  92. Sam Swann says:

    I like the one on the left. I have grown weary of pictures of smart phones (everyone’s doing that). The one on the left is attractive and minimizes the phone in the overall scheme of the cover, which seems to be the implied purpose of the book.

    Albuquerque, NM

  93. Pamela Bryson says:

    I like the second cover with the smart phone photo. I think it will capture parents’ attention more if they are looking to cut back their children’s use of cell phone.

    Houston, TX

  94. Mary Shade says:

    Love the one on the right. It caught my eye right away.
    And you know where I live.

  95. Lance Mayes says:

    Right side

    Lance Mayes, San Antonio TX

  96. JJ Johnson says:

    Left or red one.

    JJ
    Berthoud ColoRADo

  97. Joses Tirtabudi says:

    Right one looks bolder, so right one since I prefer bold covers xD

  98. Anthony says:

    I like the cover on the left better.

    Anthony Applegate
    Brenham, TX

  99. Tamara Brown says:

    I like both actually. But the red one on the left speaks more to what the book is about IMHO.
    Tamara, Arroyo Grande, California

  100. Jay says:

    Wood background and phone definitely!

  101. Tyler says:

    I’d be more drawn to the one on the right. Although I get the comments in favor of the left one.

    Tyler from Tracy, CA

  102. Mindy Percy from Cumming,IA says:

    I like the one on the right. Should have the cellphone on the cover.

  103. Tristan says:

    The one on the right – looks more catchy to me.

    Tristan from Ocala, Florida

  104. Sara says:

    I like the one on the right.

  105. Ben Palm says:

    the one on the right will draw in both the obsessed student and the frustrated and at-wits-end parent.

    Ben from San Jose

  106. Tom says:

    The one on the left looks more “active”. Also, it will stand out more on bookshelves. I like left.

    Tom, Adrian Mi

  107. Laura says:

    The one on the right. The picture of the phone is eye-catching and gives you an idea of what the book is about. It will stand out if parents are looking for a book about their kids phones.

  108. Vanessa says:

    The cover to the right. Picture of phone and the colors used. I like the one on the left, however it takes several moments to figure out what’s happening. The cover to the right takes me a nano second to figure out whats going on and is intriguing.

  109. Pam says:

    right is the right one for me!

    Gaborone, Botswana. And yes! Kids are obsessed with smart phones here as well.

  110. Ronald says:

    I like the one on the left Jonathan; it somehow seems more appealing to me. I look forward to getting this book for sure, for myself and to help parents also.

    Thanks again!
    Ronald Winters, San Jose, Ca.

  111. Marc Hyde says:

    I would say that one on the left. Before long, the one on the right will look outdated—actually, with the iPhone 6 series, the right cover already looks a year or two old. I have a feeling that it will be more obvious with the iPhone 7 series.

    Marc Hyde
    South Bend, IN

  112. Andy kratzer says:

    I like the one on the right with the black background but both look great
    Andy
    Hillsdale mi

  113. Marcus says:

    the cover on the right

    Marcus,
    Miami, FL

  114. Mary says:

    I prefer the one on the right (black).

  115. Jeff says:

    The one on the right, for sure.

    Jeff
    Sterling, Ks

  116. Aylene says:

    The one on the right is my favorite. The white font against the black background stands out more. The image of the phone is more eye-catching.

  117. George Leonard says:

    Definitely the one on the right.

  118. Allen says:

    From Cookeville, TN. The one on the right.

  119. Brycen says:

    The one on the left. As a cartoon, it will date slower than an actual image of a current smart phone. That way it won’t look old in 9 months and silly trendy youth pastors won’t scoff at it.

    Brycen Marner
    Ferguson, MO
    the Kulture

  120. Cindy says:

    The one on the right seems to catch my attention!
    Cindy
    Riverside, CA

  121. Micah Crosley says:

    I like the one on the left – Red Cover – simpler in my opinion. I like the idea of a less is more and Google uncluttered look.

    Micah
    Salina KS

  122. Danna Vanderpool says:

    Definitely the one on the right!

  123. Chris Countryman says:

    The one on the right is visually more appealing and might grab someone’s attention. The one on the right looks mundane and I don’t know that a parent would know what those icons mean. So…my vote, cover on the right.

  124. Chris Countryman says:

    The one on the right is visually more appealing and might grab someone’s attention. The one on the right looks mundane and I don’t know that a parent would know what those icons mean. So…my vote, cover on the right.

    Dover, DE