I don’t normally participate in Weekly Geeks (not because I’m not interested, but because I can barely keep up with what I do now), but this one caught my attention.
This week it’s all about judging books by their covers! Pick a book–any book, really–and search out multiple book cover images for that book. They could span a decade or two (or more)…Or they could span several countries. Which cover is your favorite? Which one is your least favorite? Which one best ‘captures’ what the book is about?
I’m going to take this and tweak it a little bit (hopefully I’m not breaking any Weekly Geeks code of conduct. If I am, I apologize profusely and plead ignorance.), because I read something (three months ago…and I’m still thinking about it!) I thought you’d all be interested in.
This is from Pub Rants talking about the cover of Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. She says everything so succinctly, that I’ll just quote her and link back to her original post:
Often AREs go out with a plain cover (sometimes blue paper) but RH did the galleys with the actual color cover. Lots of AREs were mailed out for early reviews, feedback, bookseller comments, etc. Now based on that feedback, Random House decided to do a few tweaks. Now I find the whole cover process fascinating so I thought you readers might as well.
For HOTEL, RH decided that the maroon filigree was a bit too heavy and de-emphasized the title. They wanted the title to be more prominent and in bigger font.
So, here’s the original cover.
Here’s the final cover with the tweak.
And I’m curious…which do you like better? The first one with the filigree or the second one where the title is more prominent? I’ve set up a poll for you and if you want to expound on your answer you can do so in the comments.