Bookworm Problems: Cover Arts

Recently I had to spend like hours to get my favorite edition of A Column of Fire by Ken Follett.
Today, I’m going to be talking about my frustration over cover designs which is a huge factor for me when it comes to buying books.

As I mentioned, I had a hell of a time getting my favorite edition of A Column of Fire.
Before getting deeper into this, let’s take a look at some of its cover designs.

The left one is what I think is a UK edition published by Macmillian and the right one is a US edition from Viking.
I’d had my eye on the US edition but unfortunately, I couldn’t find it either at Book Depository or Amazon Japan. The edition available at both stores was the UK edition. For some crazy reasons, Kindle edition is with the same cover as the US edition but I was bound and determined to own all the three books in Kingsbridge series in the hardcover format, and it frustrated me SO MUCH.

I texted my blogger friend and went on a rant about it and she kindly suggested that I should go to eBay and I did.
Nevertheless, they charged me like another $8 for a transaction fee on top of tax and shipping fees… I gave up.
Then, I texted another Twitter friend who mentioned that she actually skimmed through ACOF at Books Kinokuniya Tokyo and asked her which edition she found at the store. To which she replied, “I remember seeing them both.” 

Then it hit me; Kinokuniya is known to stock different editions of a book. You are most likely to find both the UK edition and the US edition AND quite possibly find the International edition and pick up the one you like the most!
My bad, I’d totally forgotten about that!

Super excited, I went to their website, ordered it and it’s now proudly sitting in my bookcase. It only took like 4-5 days to arrive since I ordered it, I was pleasantly surprised ๐Ÿ™‚

That said though, that was not the only time I had a hard time finding my favorite edition with my favorite cover design.

About a year ago, I fell in love with Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler for its beautiful cover design.
I cannot talk about the book itself because I haven’t read it yet, but this is the cover I fell in love with ;

Beautiful, isn’t it? Simple, yet the cover featuring my favorite color, pink, caught my eye and I thought I had to get this. It was the edition published by Knopf in 2016.
I immediately looked for it both at Book Depository and Amazon Japan, but the edition that was available at both stores was this:

This one is from Oneworld and I think it’s the UK edition? (honestly, I don’t know…)
Had I not already seen the Knopf edition, this would have been totally fine. That said though, when juxtaposed, I would definitely go for the Knopf edition any day. No doubt.

Once again, I couldn’t settle with this Oneworld edition and ended up looking for the Knopf edition for like an hour. I even skipped dinner (I am not even joking) and I finally found it at Amazon Japan. For some reason, it didn’t hit under a regular search text, like, “Sweetbitter, Stephanie Danler,” but it did hit by adding “Knopf.” Yay me ๐Ÿ™‚
Since it was out of stock when I ordered it, it took me another 2 weeks to get the copy, but I was literally gloating by looking at it. As I said, I haven’t read it yet, but I want to read it by the end of this year (hopefully).

Lastly, Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer.

Now, which cover do you like the better? I like the right one and that was what I wanted.
But once again, my favorite edition was not available either at Amazon or Book Depository.
Seriously, I was fuming with frustration; I personally thought the right one was definitely prettier and I couldn’t understand why there are several editions and cover designs for one book.  I still don’t, but I now can live with it as long as I can get my hands on my favorite edition.

Anyways, what I did was, once again, asking my Twitter friend who frequents Books Kinokuniya Tokyo to get the one for me in exchange for an Amazon gift card lol
She did a brilliant job and got exactly the same edition I wanted – I couldn’t thank her enough!

That said though, having read the book, I now think the left one better embodies the story and the setting. Hmm.

These are some of the examples of my journey (struggles, more like) to get my favorite edition.
How about you? Are you as fastidious and particular about cover designs as I am?
Comment below and let’s gush about it!

Thanks so much for reading as always, and I’ll see you in my next post!

22 thoughts on “Bookworm Problems: Cover Arts

  1. I’m glad you could get the edition from A Column of Fire that you wanted in the end! But yes, it’s so frustrating falling in love with a cover of a book and then they only have another… very sad. The wine glass cover of Sweetbitter is so gorgeous!!

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  2. Nel says:

    I’m a stickler about cover designs. I once bought two copies of Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder thinking it would be the one without the girls face on it and neither were. My husband ended up finding it as a christmas gift one year. It’s actually harder to get international covers here America. Sometimes they are so much cooler than the American ones!

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  3. Nel says:

    Oh and also, I hate when the cover model changes! So my Kate Daniels series, the earlier books had a different model and the later books had a better model and of course I bought them all but now they made versions of the earlier books with the new model so now I’m gonna have to buy those so my books match lol

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    • Hello, Alex! Yes!!! I was super happy that I got to buy my favorite edition! At times, it is extremely hard to get the edition I like… I am so glad that you haven’t had any problems so far!

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  4. So happy that you found the one you wanted! Your bookshelf is so pretty, ๐Ÿ˜

    I really want to get my hands on the really pretty purplish blue color copy of Strange The Dreamer. I think it’s a UK edition and way more. Covers are very important to me too! โค

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  5. Great post! I don’t buy books very much (due to a sad lack of means to purchase them) but I can totally imagine myself being this fastidious about covers! I care what books look like. Something that also annoys me is when a book doesn’t have a good cover at all. There are a few books that I absolutely adore but they have appalling covers. It is very sad!
    I just discovered your blog, and I love your ‘About’ page! I am the same way about broken spines. I am super hesitant about loaning my books to people because I want my books to stay perfect.
    Again, great post!

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    • Thank you so much! I am glad you could relate to me on book covers and book conditions!! The worst bookish nightmare for me is damaging my books in any possible way. I’m especially afraid of breaking the spine so I won’t loan my books unless I can be certain the person I’ll loan my books will treat my books as carefully as I do!

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    • Same hereeeeee!! I’m frustrated at myself as well cuz how can you guarantee that the other person won’t accidentally damage it? Sometimes I, MYSELF, accidentally smear some chocolate and I just freeze for a moment. Also, i don’t want to be THAT person who’s anal about her books’ pristine condition that she forgets the true purpose of books. Maybe I should just ‘switch off’ that part of me like Elena in the Vamp Diaries…

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  6. The desire for one cover over the other wars inside me, too๐Ÿ˜ฃ But usually the one with the lower price wins cuz I can’t justify a pretty cover over money saved at my current situation in life๐Ÿ˜ So glad I’m not the only one, I wonder if this predicament stems a little from OCD…

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