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My Thoughts: Mid-Series Cover Changes

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combining my work experience, life lessons and observations into a fun new topic that pertains to the book community, my thoughts will be a monthly featured post on the first of every month.

Disclaimer: These are my thoughts, my open, honest and complete thoughts. Please do not take offense/judge me for stating my opinions.


 

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What happens when you buy a book in a series and the next thing you know, the last book ends up being completely different? Do you rage? Are you indifferent? Do you not care about the cover?

Before I became a book blogger, I didn’t care that my books didn’t match. I just bought them regardless of size and cover. Afterwards, I started realizing that they didn’t match at all and became incredibly invested in finding all the books so they would match.

When I mean match, I mean all in hardcover with designs to match and the same size. Or I would get them all in paperback format to match as well. I will even go so far as to get the UK versions because they’re so much prettier. I even have a project to create the SHATTER ME dust jacket and print it out myself.

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I am trying to get away from this mindset again. Because doesn’t the content and the stories inside the books matter and not the outside?

I get how annoying it is when they change again. ESPECIALLY the last book because you’re waiting for your collection to be complete! It feels unfinished. It doesn’t match. It sticks out when you put the books together, like it doesn’t belong.

Then there’s the other side where publishers do it to market to a wider audience. To get boy readers involved is probably one of the most relevant reasons why they do this.

Now as a reader I get confused when the book doesn’t match. If it doesn’t have a similar style, I dismiss it. I won’t read the author’s name or the title unless it’s right in front of my face or I’m actively looking for it.

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3 Comments

  1. Elvina

    November 19, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    I hate when covers don’t match, especially when I know I want to keep the whole series on a shelf. I went to a Justin Cronin signing recently and had the 2nd and 3rd book in the The Passage trilogy in matching covers but couldn’t find the first book in HC at all (unless I wanted to pay $$$$$) so I was forced to buy it in a “Library Binding”. When Mr. Cronin signed it he was surprised as this was a binding he had never seen and didn’t have on his shelves. So that was a nice sort of surprise. But I still like matching covers.

  2. Kristilyn (A Little Time To Read)

    August 24, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    I don’t get why publishers to do this. I think I would be more behind it if they would release a series with matching covers in hardcover, then maybe change it up for paperback release, you know? Even if it’s not a series book, then even books by one author … take Emily Giffin, for example, I love that I can get all of her hardcover books that match one another. Or Sarah Dessen! I just love it when they all have that same look. If I don’t have a choice, I’ll probably get a book in a non-matching cover, but it will make me sad.
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    • giselle

      August 27, 2015 at 11:26 AM

      I think they end up alienating the people who bought the first book in the first style, then they change it during the series to try to appeal to a different audience. I don’t even know if that works either.

      I’m the same way, I would go out of my way to buy a matching cover instead of buying the one that doesn’t matches.

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