Monday, June 16, 2014

#CoverHo: Hardback vs. Paperback

Good day, friends! It's time for another installment of #CoverHo goodness. Today Jennifer from Book-alicious Mama and I are tackling changing covers from hardcover to paperback editions. Be sure to share your faves in the comments!


The Girl Who Chased the Moon is one of my favorite books by Sarah Addison Allen. And actually, it was the first book that involved me enough to allow me to see past the device when I first got an e-reader. While I wasn't a huge fan of the original hardcover I looooove the whimsy of the paperback. 


I have yet to read Diane Setterfield's  Bellman and Black, but I loved the original hardcover, and I think the new paperback edition might be even more ominous. 


Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, is a huge fan favorite. While some people clean, retro flavor of the hardcover, I adore the detail in the paperback edition. 


After Dark, by Haruki Murakami, is one of those books I'd like to revisit. While I think the colors in both editions are spectacular, I'm particularly partial to the paperback. In person, each little dot sparkles silver against the sleeping face and dark backdrop. It's ethereal and fits the mood of the book so well. 





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  1. I have that paperback edition of After Dark and love the cover... it's still unread, so I can't vouch for the contents yet ;-)

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    1. Oooh, I really liked it. I hope you can get around to it soon!

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  2. I think I prefer the paperback versions of all of these. Paperbacks quite often have a bit more detail and pizazz to them, which I like.

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    1. Yes! I tend to favor paperbacks in general...and their covers. :)

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  3. We have crossover!!!!! Love your picks!

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  4. I love your first pick - the paperback is so much prettier.

    My most recent favorite cover change is Anna and the French Kiss. I love the paperback version so much better than the cheesy hardback one. ;)

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    1. Right??? I thought so, too. There's an understatedness to the colors that makes the butterflies pop. They look so delicate.

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    2. OH! and I wish I'd remembered to include Anna and the French Kiss! It would definitely make my list. The paperback cover is so lovely.

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  5. I like all of the paperback covers better, which is unusual for me.

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  6. Paperbacks seem to be so much prettier. I wonder why....

    I want to frame that Bellman & Black paperback cover. It's so gorgeous!

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    1. I'm so nervous because everyone hates Bellman and Black! But I want to like the innards as much as those covers. lol And yes...they do. Not sure why. Seems weird.

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  7. I think paperback covers are a chance for the designers to have a do over with their art. The art is usually much better or more fitting to the story.

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    1. I wonder if the same designers often do the paperback and hardcover versions? I'd be interested to go creeping and see.

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  8. I like the paperback version of Ready Player One. I think it still retains a retro feel, but it's interesting to see the stacks, too.

    I'm not so much a fan of the Murakami editions with faces on the front (After Dark is just one example, they did it with a bunch of his books). I want his covers to be much more vague, to reflect the surreal worlds in his novels, and having a clear face to associate with the title... nah, I'll pass. ;)

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    1. Exactly re: Ready Player One. And I usually don't love face covers, but for Murakami's novels they're still beautifully illustrated enough that I like them. But truthfully all of the covers on his books have been winners for me. Which is unusual.

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  9. Good picks here. I like the Bellman and Black hardback. My favorite change from hardback to paperback is A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. I love the paperback with the little blue suitcase.

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    1. Oh wow! I hadn't seen the Vital Phenomena change! I love the paperback so much more. That's gorgeous.

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  10. I like Bellman and Black's paperback cover way better!

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    1. I like them both, but the paperback seems much more creepy and ominous. The hardcover edition seemed too much like The Thirteenth Tale to me.

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  11. Wow- it would appear I am completely a paperback girl because I found every cover shown above to be so much more evocative in paperback. I'd buy the paperback over the hardcover.

    Is there any way we can parlay this into a paying job for me?!

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    1. LOL! Same here. I'll see what I can do. ;)

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  12. I love all the hardcovers the best, except on The Girl Who Chased the Moon. I also like the whimsical nature of it!

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    1. You're one of the first to dig the hardcovers more! Ribbon for you.

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  13. I love book covers and all of these are fabulous! I think I'm split - I prefer the hardcover in Bellman and Black and After Dark but the paperback in the other 2.

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    1. You really can't go wrong on some of these. The only hardcovers I really dislike are Ready Player One and The Girl Who Chased the Moon. :)

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  14. I like all the paperback covers too. In some it's easier to just read the titles, less going on. In a good way.

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  15. I like all of the paper lac versions, except the last one I like better in hardback. What a great post idea! I liked most of the paperback versions on Jennifer's post too.

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    1. I think I liked most of the hardcovers in Jennifer's post. I need to go re-review. I had the hardest time thinking of books that changed from hardcover to paperback! Ack!

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  16. I would be picking up The Girl Who Chased The Moon just because of that beautiful paperback cover. I'm not ashamed to confess that my head may be turned by a pretty cover! :)

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    1. It's gorrrgeous and so delicate! You know mine is turned! :D

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  17. I think I like the paperbacks across the board, especially The Girl Who Chased the Moon.

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    1. Yes!!! That's one of my faves.

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  18. The Girl Who Chased the Moon is on my TBR. I like the second cover. Both covers for Bellman & Black are nice, but I didn't really like the story much, was quite disappointed in the book.

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    1. It was a really fun read. I've heard some pretty terrible things about Bellman and Black, so my expectations are flying lowww. lol

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  19. I really like the paperback cover of The Girl Who Chased the Moon! The hardcover version is very stiff. I don't notice book covers as much now that I do most of my reading on an e-reader; however, a really beautiful cover could entice me to click on the "buy now" button!

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    1. That one seems to be a fave! I love it, too. I do a lot of e-reader reading, too, but I surely take notice when I'm buying a printed book. Love!

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  20. I'm collecting Gabriel Garcia Marquez Vintage editions because their covers are gorgeous! I'm also partial to the original Murakamis (not the the black, white and red covers) for some reason!

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  21. #coverho aside, I read Bellman and Black and... The cover is probably the best part of it. Sooo... Yeah.

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    1. Haha! I've heard a lot of that!

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  22. Definitely prefer the paperback cover art of Ready Player One! It's just how I envisioned the "stacks."

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    1. I haven't read it yet, but I have a feeling I'll see that stacks that way thanks to the cover! :D

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  23. Oohh nice, I love the Bellman and Black original cover I think, I just like those colors!

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