discussion: international covers

Guess who loves comparing international covers?!

*flails arms around wildly*

Above is the US cover art for the hardcover version of Pam Bachorz’s Candor. When I first saw it, I quickly slid my hand to cover up Mr. Surfer Deejay’s face and thought to myself, Hmm, I could live with that. I understand why Egmont went with the upper half of this cover design — the headphones are representative of the subliminal messages that are important in Oscar’s story. Regardless, Mr. Intense-face was a little much for me.

Here’s the US cover art for the paperback version:

I can definitely appreciate keeping the desaturated look and white picket fence. But the orange eyes? It feels a little too paranormal to me.

Finally, my favorite two covers, which were released internationally:

This is one of those instances where I love a novel’s international interpretation so much more. Do you like to compare international book covers? Any particular covers that come to mind?

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16 thoughts on “discussion: international covers

  1. I love the Aussie cover for this one! I usually like comparing international covers just to see what they look like in other countries. I think I’m mostly jealous that we don’t get Philippine editions of books but I’m find with that since I can read the books that I want in the original language that they’re published in.

    • I think if I loved a book enough, I’d want it in the original language they’re published in, rather than just the English version. Are there any Philippine editions that you find more favorable over their other covers? (please eat some good lumpia for me, too)

    • I love the Moorehawke Trilogy covers, too! I featured them on Cover Love here, when Adele of Persnickety Snark pointed them out to me.

      I definitely love the UK version of Rivers of London. Thanks for highlighting this one!

  2. Oh yes, I love the UK and Australia covers! I never like faces on novels and will hardly ever pick up a book with a face on it unless it was recommended to me. I always go straight for the simple graphic covers and I would definitely go for either the UK or Australia versions before even thinking about the U.S. book. It’s sad to think how much stock I put in covers, but I have spent years putting off reading really good books just because I disliked their covers so much.

    • I think it’s safe to say that people do judge books by their covers. There’s one particular book I’ve left off my Amazon wish list just because I was so embarrassed about the cover (Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian). I’ll definitely read it, but I’m going to buy it with my own money, for sure. I’d hate to think that you’d miss out on good books because of their covers, though. Are there any in particular titles that you’d like to share?

  3. I love book covers and I like seeing the differences other countries make in the design and idea. I think my favorite international cover for a book was Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon’s Indonesian cover. The US cover was alright, I liked it, until I saw the Indonesian cover and completely fell in love.

  4. I really like the UK cover for Candor, but the original US one is nice too.

    I love the UK covers for Kristin Cashore’s books, Graceling and Fire. The US ones aren’t bad, but the UK ones are beautiful.

  5. I quite like the original CANDOR cover, but the UK one is particularly great. The imagery and tagline give off a deliciously shivery, sickly-sweet-yet-sinister feeling.

    • That’s *exactly* what I love about the UK cover! I have to admit I actually haven’t read CANDOR (I got about an hour into the audiobook before deciding audiobooks weren’t my flavor). But I totally did get that eerie sinister feeling when I started to learn about all the creepy things going on in the book!

  6. Ugh, that second US cover is sort of awful. I really love the Australian one, though.

    Someone above mentioned RIVERS OF LONDON as a good cover-change example – I agree. There are certain books I’ll actually shell out on Amazon UK for, just so I can have the better cover…and the UK-market cover is usually the nicer one. Although THE REPLACEMENT has an iffy UK cover, and a gorgeous, haunting US one. Go fig.

    • Those UK folks just get us, don’t they? And I agree on the blehhhh UK cover for THE REPLACEMENT. I was not jealous of that cover art in any way shape or form.

  7. I have the best of both worlds, amazon gives me the US ones and i can just pop to the bookstore for the british ones, plus that Candor cover is simply divine in real life.

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