Cover Wars

May 24, 2011

Flipping through One Page At a Time YA Book Reviews, I found a fun series of posts called Cover Wars.  KM does a great job posting cover wars of popular YA books.  For instance:

Or if you rock the planet like Kristin Cashore...

(Go here to see her entire book gallery.)

And many more (just type in "cover wars" on KM's blog search and you will see an entire list.)

I find the hardcover vs. paperback changes to be the least desirable.  Why the drastic change?  I assume publishers think the different cover art will appeal to a whole new audience.  For some reason I have an affinity towards the cover of the book I read.  Like The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, I prefer the hardcover because that's the physical copy I read.  I'm even picky as to which addition I share on my Shelfari or Goodreads bookshelves.

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  1. Good point! I wonder why they do that? Sometimes I like the fresh new covers though. In most cases I'm not so attached. I'd even like the other Forest of Hands and Teeth cover if she wasn't wearing eyeliner. Because you know, who has time to do makeup during a zombie apocalypse?

  2. The best reason to sell foreign rights... multiple covers :)

  3. LIsa - I laughed so mean you don't have a eyeliner in your end of the world kit? You pointed out a major flaw with the cover! I'm doubting Sister Tabitha would have allowed such a garish thing. Besides, where'd she get eyeliner, one hundred years past the Return, is she sporting char black from burnt fire sticks? :)

    Joshua - seriously, Kristen Cashore is making some foreign bank for sure!


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