Cover changes are part of the publishing industry. Sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. Working with teens, books in my library get judged by their covers all the time. And I'll admit it, I judge the covers to. Sometimes the original cover doesn't make me want to pick up the book at all. Then, the cover changes and I'm interested! The content hasn't changed, the story is the same, but the cover change had made all the difference.
Dust City is a fairy tale-esque story about a wolf trying to solve the mystery of his family's past. This hardcover cover is pretty cool and I like it, but I really like the paperback cover:
I think this paperback cover has more crossover appeal and is appealing to older readers. I also think it gives it a hint of comedy and I can tell it's fairy tale based, whereas the first cover looked more paranormal.
The hardcover for Shadow Hills has an OK cover, but it's really nothing special. It's plain and forgettable.
The paperback looks more interesting to me. It has a more haunting feel to it. I also think this cover stands out a bit more than the hardcover.
I don't know why exactly, but the hardcover for Siren just doesn't appeal to me. I like the texture that makes it look as though it's underwater, but other than that, I'm not a fan.
I really love this new paperback cover. I think it says more about the book and it feels more mysterious.
The hardcover for Ruby Red isn't bad-in fact I like it a lot. I do think it makes the book look like it's for a younger audience though. The paperback looks more aged up:
I think this is a beautiful cover and I think it tells a bit more about the time travel/historical aspect of the book that the hardcover misses.
Any other hardcover to paperback covers that you like or dislike?