Sunday, 25 January 2009

US Vs. UK: City of Ashes Cover


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?


13 comments:

robin_titan said...

I actually kind of prefer the U.S cover for this book then again I might be inclined to buy the U.K one haha

Alea said...

Yeah, the US cover is a lot "prettier" I probably wouldn't have ever considered the U.K. cover, it looks too boyish for me. I still need to read the first book in the series to know anymore than that!

LisaMay said...

I prefer the text on the UK cover but the image on the US cover is much nicer!

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

I do like both, but definitely love the US cover more. I agree that UK covers should focus more on being "buyable" and you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but it happens. I know i do it. it happens when you're browsing honestly...that and the title.

I do like a lot of UK covers though.
-Lauren

Anonymous said...

i love the UK version because the guy is HOOOTTT

Anonymous said...

has anyone have any idea whos face appears on the front cover of city of ashes uk cover? i recognise that face like it could be some actor,im sure iv seen that face somewhere. its bugging me..anyway to find out? x

Anonymous said...

who's the guy on the uk cover anyone knooww??? :]

Anonymous said...

Definitely prefer the UK cover, i'd probably be more likely to buy that one... But I like the pictures of new york city on the us one (:

Ying said...

I like bother covers actually, I like the monotone colour of the UK version and I would still consider buying/picking it up if I did see it.

Emelie said...

I prefer the US cover, with the girl and the city. I think it looks much cooler, the UK cover looks a bit like.. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I would, and actually have, buy the US one.

Anonymous said...

I'm from England (Black Country) and I have the American versions. City of Fallen Angels has been released and my copy comes tomorrow. Excited.

Anonymous said...

I like the us better because it gives you an image of clary and where she lives , while i was reading the book i could look at the cover and then picture it in my head as i read.

Z.Wong said...

I disagree about what you've said about the US and UK covers, my opinion is completely opposite.
As someone from the UK, buying from a UK bookstore and a fan since the first book came out, the UK covers was what drew me in. I was deeply disappointed when they changed the covers, not only have I got mismatched covers of my bookshelf but they stopped printing it with the UK covers after the second book.
Now that I am up to date with the whole series (as well as ID) the first two books are different editions, one of the most annoying thing about being a book lover and looking at my bookshelf.