Thursday, May 8, 2014

Changing Covers Mid-Series: Yes or Hell No?

Personally, I hate mid series cover changes. I'll admit, sometimes the new covers are better than the original, but for someone who owns the released books in the original covers, it's enough to make me want to stop buying physical copies of that series.

Original Cover

 New Covers

There are exceptions, of course. Most notably the changes made to the Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa, but they also had the decency to change those covers after the first book, not the second or third. And they solved a bit of a snafu by changing the cover of The Immortal Rules from a Caucasian looking model when the main character is of, at least partly, Asian decent. Personally, I liked the original cover and the new covers equally, but appreciate that the publisher heard the public's concern and stepped up. My problem, is that sometimes there's no real reason for the cover changes. Sometimes publishers just change things up because. Because they decide two books into the series that they aren't selling enough to a certain demographic? Because the readers they've hooked will follow along with the changes anyway and now they can snag twice as many? Because what, exactly? What makes them decide to change things halfway through? I know there are probably a million reasons for a cover change, ones that probably make a lot of sense to the publisher, but for me, the reader, I hate it.

Original Covers

New Covers

When it comes to eBooks, I don't care about cover changes. The cover usually automatically updates and I don't even notice most times. With an eBook, it's content is all that matters to me, but physical copies? I usually buy them for the cover, or because I love that series so much I need to hold a physical copy in my hands. So when the publisher up and changes the cover on me mid series I feel betrayed in a way. I have a thing about having matching series, and when a publisher changes covers or stops printing hardcovers or whatever, it makes me very sad. Like I said, I understand there are a number of factors to take into account when changing the covers of a book series, but whenever I get wind of a change all I feel is, "Why would you do this to me!"

Original Covers

New Covers

The most recent cover change that made me want to rip my hair out is The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole. Poison Princess and Endless Knight were two of my absolute favorite books two years in a row, and the covers are absolutely gorgeous. So when I stumbled upon a new look for one of my favorite series I immediately thought "Ew. They look like lame, generic adult urban fantasy novels now." Is that a harsh thing to think? Maybe. But do they look like the covers of an intriguing YA apocalyptic/dystopian now? No. I don't like the new covers and it makes me sad that they've taken such a vibrant series and made the covers so bland and boring. I'm not sure if they will have two covers (hardcover and paperback) for Dead of Winter, but I'm going to venture a guess and say no, they won't. Unfortunately.

How do you feel about mid series cover changes? Do they drive you nuts, or do you enjoy the change up?

14 comments:

  1. HELL NO. It drives me nuts when they do this. I like it when my books match and half the time I really adore the original covers such as the ones you have in your post. And then they go and change them mid series and it drives me crazy!! I LOVED The Immortal Rules cover! It fit the story and though I get why they decided to change it I still am curious what the covers would have looked like had they stuck with the original design. I don't dislike the new covers I kind of like them but they don't draw me in as much. I really do not like the new covers for Kreseley Cole's books. Sigh. The original covers were so beautiful and now like you said they look like some adult urban story. They don't draw me in at all. And though a lot of people say don't judge a book by it's cover it's usually the cover that catches my eye and makes me pick up a book to find out what the story is all about. Great post!! :)

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    1. I'm not sure because I decided to wait until the series was over to buy the hardcovers and haven't gotten around to it yet, but I think The Immortal Rules can still be purchased with the original style covers on Book Depository. I think. I've been looking around because whichever covers I get I want them to all match!

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  2. I HATE mid-series cover changes!!! I like my series to match, I don't even like mixing hardcover and paperback when the covers are the same. So it really frustrates me when I own 1 or 2 of the books and then they decide to change them (even if the newer covers are better) I feel like I'm being tricked into re-buying the ones I already have.

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    1. I DO NOT mix hardcover and paperback. Ugh. I just can't do it. I've been slowly buying all of the Vampire Academy books and I have all but the first two in hardcover, but I can't buy the first two anywhere unless they're in paperback (and the new paperback cover for that matter!). It's driving me nuts!

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    2. Author stated they won't do hardcovers for first two VA novels s only option is to buy trade paperbacks and make your own card covers and dust jacket. Or deal with mismatched library ... which is not going to happen.

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  3. i hate that too but it's even worse when they completely change the edition ( like start making hardcover only when the first 8 are paperback) or when bonus are added in new edition don't take lme wrong i enjoy bonus but sometimes i feel like we are simply there to open our purse 3edition for obsidian by jennifer l armentrout.... the second one i could understand to fit teh series but now we redo all and change the cover and add new things etc.... i don't have the money to follow but if i want the last book in teh series it will clash on teh shelves ( i love homogeneity on my shelves!)

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    1. I know! I wanted to buy the Obsidian series with the amazing original covers and then they go and change them and release them in an omnibus!

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  4. UUGH NO!!!! I hate cover change mid series and honestly I have stopped buying books because of it. I understand why pubs do it to diversify their readers but they're definitely losing sales from anal people like me who refuse to rebuy all the time. They could at least wait until the series is over - especially when it's just a trilogy - to make the change. I hadn't seen the new covers for the Poison Princess series I actually like the new ones better. Still could have waited til after book 3 *hairflip*

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    1. Exactly! I'm so anal about my books. And I'm not going to buy all the books again in a different format/with new covers just because they change it, so I feel like I should just read ebooks and forget about buying physical ones until they complete the series.

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  5. I hate it when they change covers. It is so annoying especially when they do it on the second or third book.

    I do however, like the Anna and the French Kiss series change! They are so pretty!

    Thanks for sharing & great discussion! :)

    Alex @ The Shelf Diaries

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  6. Usually, I'll say HELL NO to mid series cover changes. I mean, c'mon! At least wait until all the books are out so we can have a matching set and THEN change it up. I HATE mismatched series.
    But, there are some cover changes I'm pretty happy with personally, even if I AM pissed at the fact they changed mid way. For example. The Immortal Rules. I DETEST the original cover, it's so ugly to me, and the new ones are just gorgeous (to me). Plus, I haven't bought any of them yet, so it doesn't hurt me personally, which is pretty self centered but there you go.
    I also adore the new Anna & the French Kiss and Lola & the Boy Next Door covers. In this instant I DO own the original cover for Anna, but I've never liked it. If I didn't win it in a giveaway, I would've probably never read it, and then I would've missed out. The new covers, though... they make me want to read it. Badly. Can't wait for Isla!!!
    Totally agree on the Arcane series (though I haven't read it yet). I'm not the biggest fan of the original covers, to be honest, but the new ones are just so GOD DAMNED AWFUL. Why did they do this?...

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    1. Lol. I don't own any of the Immortal Rules series either, which might be why it doesn't bother me so much. I do love the new covers for that series, which makes me really annoyed that I can only find the hardcover with the original copy no matter where I look! Even after the cover change I still can't get a matching set?!?

      The Anna covers are pretty, but I fell in love with the old cover when I read it. I thought it was super adorable. I don't like Lola and the Boy Next Door's cover though. It looks odd, but I would have liked to see what Isla's cover would have looked like.

      Ugh, I know. The Arcana Chronicles is absolutely amazing (and you need to read it!) but the new covers are just horrible. They must be trying to market it to adults and think the tame cover will do that, but I'm am adult and I don't want to read that book with that cover. Ever. Ugh. I don't even want to buy the next book if it's going to ruin my whole set.

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    2. You're serious? No hardcover for the pretty cover? Why is the world so unfair?... *sigh* It's the same for Anna and Lola. Isla is the ONLY cover from the new batch to be available in HC. WHY?!
      Oh, I get you. It would've been nice to see how the cover designer saw Isla. But still, I really like the new ones xD
      I own it!! :D I will be reading it soon, hopefully. I'm kinda waiting for the release of the third book to be closer, you know?
      I agree.... those covers are NOT appealing. To ANY crowd or demographic. But don't let it stop you from continuing the series, Jesse! :O

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    3. Oh, I'll read it. I'm just being bitter about the whole cover change lol. The last book left a pretty big cliffhanger and I need to see what happens (you're right to wait until the next book is out before reading!). But I might just buy an ebook of it. I'll probably still buy the hardcover too, honestly, but I'm just not nearly as excited about it. I love to see nice matching sets on my shelf, especially since that series is on my favorites shelf.

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