Multiple Covers and Titles
I have a bit of a gripe this week. What is it with the same book having not only different covers for different countries, but also different titles?? I understand that for publishing in different countries the way copyright works is that there generally needs to be a new cover. Also, if the book has been translated, the title needs to be translated into something that makes sense and appeals to speakers of the new language. An interesting example of this is Jim C. Hines The Stepsister’s Scheme:
The German cover seems a little ridiculous to me (in terms of female body proportions), but it’s holding on to the three heroine idea from the original cover. The title translates directly into “Three Angels for Armand” where Armand is the prince that needs rescuing in the story. While I’m not a huge fan of the change of focus for the title (since the stepsister’s scheme is pretty awesome), I would believe that these are the same book. However, I didn’t realize that these two were the same book for at least a couple of months:
The style is obviously completely different, but the UK title doesn’t need to be different! Now I’m obviously not in marketing, so maybe they had a very good reason for the complete change in style and title, but it’s freaking confusing when you read international book blogs, hehe. I was super excited for “both” of these books when I was seeing cover images in haul updates. Yes, maybe I should have done a bit more research when I was first seeing The Gathering Dark, but did anyone else get confused by these titles? I honestly would be more likely to pick up The Gathering Dark than Shadow and Bone if I was going on cover and title alone. I’ve since been convinced by all the awesome reviews that Shadow and Bone is fantastic, so now I’m excited for my library hold to come in, don’t worry ;-).
Does anyone have a better idea than me why these extreme changes happen between the US and UK editions? Like I said, I understand different covers because of copyright, but the title doesn’t have to change does it? Have you run into this problem when reading blogs from different countries? Are there other examples of extreme changes that you’ve been confused by? (And don’t get me started on cover changes on later editions….)
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