Thursday, July 31, 2014

Why, Publishers, Why?! (Episode 5)

Thursday, July 31, 2014 1:07 AM with 9 comments
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My biggest pet peeve is when beautiful HBs turn into lackluster PBs. I completely understand that publishers may choose to change the cover due to various reasons, low sales especially, but the thing for me is: I don't buy new hardcover books. Ever. I can't afford them and I just simply prefer soft covers. Trade PB has always, and will always, been my preferred format. So when I'm salivating over a HB cover only to have it change before it comes out into PB it makes me CRAZY. Publishers would probably make MORE money on PB sales if they kept the amazing HB covers!

So I stand by my title for this post:

Why, Publishers, Why?!

Today's Pick:

The Ruining

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While I've never read this, I've always been intrigued by the HB cover of this book. I love the way the model's nose is barely above water, and that house in the background is gorgeous. I like the fairly simple font treatment of the original and the color scheme. 

I find the PB quite boring. While the cover model is pretty, especially her eye color, there is nothing special about the cover, and nothing about it makes me want to pick it up the way the HB does. 

Which one do you prefer? Do you like both or not like either? Sound off below!


  1. Yes, this change was definitely disappointing. There seems to be a trending going toward stark photographic covers and I'm not getting it.

  2. I don't like the paperback cover at all. I have the hardcover and love the cover on it! I have a couple of books that I have all the books but the last few, and I hope that they don't have plans to change them.

  3. Agreed, the hardback cover is way better. The paperback looks like so many other covers, with the closeup, partial face. ~Pam

  4. I definitely prefer the hardcover to the paperback. Why did they change this? Although the girl in the background on the paperback cover is creeping me out, which kind of intrigues me. lol Great post!

  5. I don't really care for either of these, if I'm being honest. I think it's the font or something, they both come off as sort of generic looking.

  6. This is the worst one yet. I'm starting to think that there is a cover-ruining villain loose within the cover decisions department. That guy is suck a dick.

  7. I love love love your blog! And I have to agree that I was really intrigued by the hardcover copy more so than this new cover. Though I do like the new cover it doesn't give that same tug. I don't understand why they are continuously changing the covers, but I guess it's to try and draw more people in.

  8. See, as someone who has read the book, I prefer the paperback cover. I think it fits the book a lot more and is about as creepy/weird as the book is itself. I'm also more partial to books with faces on them (I have no clue why), so that might be why I like it a little more, as well. Overall, I just think the paperback cover looks more well done than the hardcover.

  9. The premise didn't grab me all that much, but I almost picked this one up purely for that awesome cover. I wouldn't have given it a second glance with the new cover, though.


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