I've often wondered why books published in the US are so much nicer than those published in the UK. You'd think that if a book is published in hardcover in America, then it'd be published over here in the same format, yes? Unfortunately, that rarely happens. Although I can get past that, the thing that irks me the most is the difference in cover art. Take City of Ashes, for example.
The US cover on the left is amazing. It's eye-catching, colourful and has a metallic finish to it. The UK cover on the right is, in my opinion, dull, plain and easily missed. It doesn't scream "buy me!", and it certainly doesn't stand out on a crowded shelf (I'm not saying I hate it, I just think it could be better).
The point of a cover is to draw the reader in, and to make them buy or read the book. Although some people will argue that a book is never judged by its cover, it's not always true. I think UK publishers should change their tactic, and make their books more, well, interesting. I'm sure it would have a positive effect on sales, and would boost a book's popularity.
Which cover do you prefer? Which would you buy?