As most book lovers I am also obsessed with covers and can get really upset when the covers of a series change and they no longer match. So I have decided to do a series of posts dedicated to different aspects of cover changes!
So the other day I was thinking of buying Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. So, as always I started by checking the goodreads page in order to see what kind of editions there are available. And I found out that there are 6 different covers available. SIX! Take a look:
WHAT IS THE LOGIC IN HAVING SO MANY DIFFERENT COVERS?
I don’t get it! I understand having a couple, or maybe even three available covers, but more than that is just baffling to me.
Anyway! So, I started thinking which one do I like the most? And I decided the first or the second one. BUT! The million dollar question here is: Will the same cover design also be available in the sequels? And so I continued with my research…
Turns out there are 3 published books in this series and 3 more that are not published yet. The second book (Magic Study) has all of the cover designs that Poison Study has except for the last one. Unfortunately, the same thing does not go for the third book of the series, which only has covers number 1, 3 and 5 available. Which means that if I went with cover #2 I would have to get a different edition for the third book!
WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?
I can’t keep doing all this research for every book in a series I have to buy! I have an obsession! I want my covers to match! Please don’t ruin this for me!
You want to know what I did next? After I researched all the covers of the three published books, I realized that I have no way of knowing what kind of covers there will be available for the 3 other books that haven’t been published yet! THE HORROR!
So what now? The one thing that I could think of was checking the publication dates. As I found out, cover #3 was the last one published for the 3rd book. Which means the newest addition to all the covers. Which might mean that the publishing company will probably decide to continue with it. Which means that it’s the safest bet.
But I don’t like that cover!!! So I either have to go with cover #1 and risk having to get a different cover edition for the books to come, or I have to start by getting a cover that I don’t like!
This is totally killing me!!!
Why? Why do you have to make different covers for sequels?
IF YOU WANT TO HAVE SEVERAL COVERS FOR YOUR BOOKS, AT LEAST HAVE THEM FOR ALL THE BOOKS IN THE SERIES!
That’s it. I’m done. I’m going to sleep now. Please wake me up when all books with matching covers are available.