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 🙂
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 🙂
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!