When it comes to chess book sales, cover art probably has little or no influence on the buying decisions of serious players.
Otherwise, how can the same talented writer -- IM Jeremy Silman -- be associated with two books whose design standards are so far apart?
According to Amazon.com, the cluttered and confusing How to Reassess Your Chess has a sales ranking of #81, 403; while the sleek and stylish The Amateur's Mind is far behind at #162, 111.
But then, successful chess players know that to understand the game properly one must look below the surface.
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