Ever since starting blogging I have become so much more aware of the existence and accessibility of different covers: hardback, paperback, special edition, anniversary, international, etc. With a little research, it’s not too hard to gain access to these various covers either. Thanks to Book Depository, I can order a UK paperback without the long wait for the US one. Or thanks to my B&N membership, I can snag their special edition covers at a discount. A lot of bloggers even swap and trade amongst each other to get the covers they want. With so many options, how do I choose which cover to buy?
If you’re a die-hard book fan, you’ve probably experienced this cover struggle. I used to be pretty flexible in the past (for example, many of my series are mixes of hardcovers and paperbacks, as I just bought them sporadically in whatever form I could find). However, since I started my blog I’ve found myself gravitating toward making my book series more unified looking. I’m THAT person who will wait to read something until I can own them all on paperback. But what happens when I’ve come across a book that I can absolutely NOT WAIT TO READ?
Finishing The Winner’s Curse this week put me in such a dilemma.
They’re both gorgeous covers, and I’m totally torn between which one to get. My copy of The Winner’s Curse is paperback, so I’m tempted to go for the UK/AUS paperback with the red dress, but I’m worried that it will be a different size/formatted differently than my US paperback. (Does anyone have any insight on this?)
(For reference, this is what my paperback copy of The Winner’s Curse looks like. Let’s not even get started on the fact that the paperback copy has such a different formatting than the hardback original!)
I also have similar dilemmas when it comes to series that change their covers partway through (such as with the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, The Lynburn Legacy trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan, and, more recently, The Worldwalker Trilogy by Josephine Angelini). Do I purchase the new covers of the installments I already have to match the new ones? Do I wait to read them all in paperback? Do I buy all of the hardcovers even after the paperbacks have been released?
My own dilemma made me curious as to how many readers and bloggers out there went out of their way to buy specific editions of books, or if they even compare cover art and formatting between countries. So…
I want to hear from you!
- Do you ever buy international covers (as in, covers released in countries aside from your own)? Do you buy them because you want the paperback before it’s released in your country, or because you dislike your country’s cover art?
- Do you try to purchase all of the books in a series in the same format (such as hardcover or paperback)?
- What happens if you start a series in e-book or audio format? Do you keep all of your copies electronic, mix and match, or re-purchase physical copies of your e-books/audio books?
- Do you tend to prefer your own country’s cover art/formatting, or do you consistently find yourself coveting others?
- Which copy of The Winner’s Crime do you think I should get?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments!