Random Thoughts on Books: Cover Changes

March 1, 2013 Random Thoughts on Books and Blogging 15

Random Thoughts on Books is going to be my new feature.  It sounds exactly like what you think it is – my random thoughts on anything book related.

Cover changes are driving me absolutely crazy! Someone needs to make it stop!

Dear Publishers,

Please stop changing covers mid-series. I feel like you are forcing me to choose between dealing with my OCD or spending money I shouldn’t have to spend. And that’s not cool.
See, I have this thing where I like covers to match. It’s really important to me. I know it may seem crazy to you, but to me it’s essential.
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
See how pretty these look together?

When you change covers the only way I can satisfy my craving to have my books match is to buy new books. But that’s silly, because I don’t need two copies of a book! That’s like throwing money away, and since I don’t have all the money I can’t afford to throw it away like that!
Anna and the French KissLola and the Boy Next DoorIsla and the Happily Ever After
See how this does not look pretty?
It’s not that I dislike the new covers. In fact, sometimes I like them more than the original. But that’s not the point. The point is that there are too many cover redesigns and it’s driving me crazy!


15 Responses to “Random Thoughts on Books: Cover Changes”

  1. Midnyte Reader

    There was so much chatter on Twitter today about this topic and so many strong opinions. I’m sure there are reasons for doing this, but part of me thinks – what’s the point! Really!

  2. Kate Midnight Book Girl

    It doesn’t bother me much, but I feel bad for you and for that reason I support waiting for all the books to come out before doing drastic re-designs. It’s like the publishing companies are trying to take advantage of you OCDness about matching book covers. ;)

  3. ....Petty Witter

    Glad I’m not the only one to dislike this – I also hate it when they change the size of a book part way through a series.

  4. Charleen

    Yes. To all.

    Another thing that drives me crazy (although this isn’t the publishers fault at all) is some of my husband’s books, he got into a series midway through, so he will have a couple paperback books, but then he didn’t want to wait a year for the next one to go to paperback (and apparently had never heard of a library), so everything after that point is hardcover. And as much as I tell myself, “It’s fine, it’s fine, they aren’t MY books so it’s fine,” they’re still sitting there, next to my perfect books, mocking me…

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      I have the same problem. I have a few series that I have in paperback and hardcover and it drives me flipping nuts! If I start a series in pb I try to not to buy the hc for that very purpose!

  5. Jenny

    Oh my hell! I’m right there with you. I’m so freaking sick of it. If the publishers seriously think I’m dumb enough to fall for their little trap they’ve got another thing coming. My OCD may be pretty awful but not THAT awful.

  6. handiangel

    Omg I totally agree! Changing book covers is definitely a pet hate of mine. And I think this applies to having film tie-in covers, which I also don’t like. Can’t they just let us choose which cover we want?? So we can appease our OCD.

  7. Sarah Elizabeth

    I feel that way about the ‘across the universe’ series, I bought book 1 with the old cover, but now they all have new covers, and if I buy books 2 and 3 with new covers then they won’t match book 1!! Boo!! Not happy! I really wish that kindle titles were cheaper cause then I could just buy all my books on kindle and it wouldn’t matter!
    Great topic hon :)

  8. fakesteph

    THIS EXACTLY. But that is when I switch to buying the books for my ereader. Because I can’t afford to buy them all again. Or… if *shudder* there is no ebook availabe, I don’t buy them all over, but hide the entire series in a cupboard so that nobody is forced to look at it.