Book cover changes.
Why they change
From what I have gathered, sometimes publishers changed book covers because they feel a book’s look needs to be “revamped”. Sometimes, they change the cover to celebrate an university, a book birthday. Sometimes they change the look of a whole series because the cover artist who designed the first few covers is not able to design the rest. Sometimes, in the case of self published, covers are redesigned to look “nicer”. Sometimes book covers are changed to help promote it’s book to movie adaption. Whatever the reason, book cover changes have a tendency to annoy me, which brings me to…
Why I cover redesigns annoy me
Okay, to be honest, book cover changes aren’t the worse things that can happen in the life of a reader. And truthfully, the changes only bother me when they deal with series that I own. Redesigned standalones really don’t bother me that much. It’s when the part of a series that I own gets redesigned, that’s when I get annoyed. Because when I buy the rest of the series THE COVERS WON’T MATCH! And then I’ll feel as if I have to buy the first part of the series again, which usually involves money that I want to use on other things (like food… hey, a girl’s gotta eat). But… but then the books don’t look like one series when they’re sitting on my bookshelf – they look like two! This problem drives me nuts… which would probably explain why I’m always late to the party in terms of buying books because I’m always afraid they are going to be redesigned in the middle.
And even if you forget the matching problem, my other issue is that sometimes I like the old design better. I fall in love with the covers of a series, and next thing you know, they are all being redesigned and no longer sold in Barnes & Noble. Uhhh.
What do you think?
How do you feel when book covers are redesigned?