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Book Covers; Something to judge them by?
Topic Started: May 23 2007, 06:49 AM (18,570 Views)
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The Millions has another look at the US vs the UK covers for the entrants in this year's Tournament of Books: Judging Books by Their Covers: U.S. Vs. U.K.

Lots of debate in the comments over the relative merits of the Chip Kidd 1Q84 cover in particular:

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I have the British cover on my copy:

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Feb 1 2012, 01:01 PM
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Feb 1 2012, 12:43 PM

clear winner: US
I don't agree. I like the UK cover more than the slightly puzzling US one. It's pretty. I like that.
i agree, plus i see no particular problem with Sebald's words being about a different book when qualities abide intact (quite a commonplace by now as to cover blurbs) {{{{{{BirneH}}}}}}}}}} is simply being difficult *wink* :P (i still refuse to deploy the blueberry perv icon)
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nature grrrl that I am
I MUCH prefer the UK cover
though the US one might be more
in sync with the content
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I have the strong opinion that covers should be related to the book in some way. The Murakami one by Chip Kidd is a nice example, also the US cover of Satantango. The latter is not some ecological treatise on woods or something, black as color is perfect, or maybe even better mud-brown.
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German:
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I prefer either the German or the US
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Marcel quoted me without saying anything? :) I did post that whilst sleepy, and a bit mischievously yesterday, but in any case as to contents i suspect that at least as of now, nothing Laszlo's wriiten will affect me as much as Animalinside
Edited by oneofmurphysbiscuits, Feb 10 2012, 12:54 PM.
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oneofmurphysbiscuits
Feb 10 2012, 12:52 PM
Marcel quoted me without saying anything?
? where?
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sorry Marcel, i read the mesage the wrong way round :)
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clickthru for story
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Gorgeousness!!! Have not read the book though:

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Liam
Feb 18 2012, 01:30 PM
Gorgeousness!!! Have not read the book though:

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much prettier than this edition

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Canox
Feb 18 2012, 02:09 PM
much prettier than this edition
Yiiiiiiis, :)
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Faber announces the winner of their Lord of the Flies cover design competition

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I quite like the covers Isidore Ferrer's done for the Clásicos Universales series:

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Edited by JeffrytheCat, Feb 25 2012, 11:50 PM.
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wasn't aware of this resource til just now (ntm its sitelist), seems it deserves a cite here:
http://bookcoverarchive.com/
(Jacek linked instance a year ago to Tanizaki in CMcC thread but I wasn't paying that close attention)
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That is really cool! Getting to see all the covers a single designer worked on is a treat.
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More on 'Lolita' covers.
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http://timescolumns.typepad.com/stothard/2012/03/cover-versions.html
1) Legs
2) The Backs of Women Looking Out over Water
3) Tiny Men Walking into the Distance
via mobylives
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When idiots publish Swedish crime fiction.
Edited by Bjorn, Apr 17 2012, 04:56 AM.
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Yeah, saw Orthofer's take on that. I find the font and layout just as offensive as the "ø", though. It's hideous.
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