Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Do My Book Covers Need To Match?

No?  Yes?  Sometimes?

Let's use examples.

Last week, I would have said, no, I do not need my covers to match. I own Stephen King's Dark Tower series and the covers do not match.  I have a mix of paperbacks, trade paperbacks and hardcovers. The designs on the covers themselves are different. I bought the first three novels years after they were released, when I first started the series.  I got others in the series at different points after their release. It didn't matter to me that the covers didn't match, I just wanted the stories. I have a couple other series like that.

Recently, I read The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde and loved it. I had to find out about the other books. I believe there are currently seven books in the series with one more set to be released. I don't know why, but I really wanted the cover of the second book to match the first. Do I just like the look of it better than the others? Yes, I think so, but like The Dark Tower it shouldn't matter, I should just want the stories. I looked at different sites and checked my local bookstore. No copies of the second book were at the bookstores in town. I looked at four different sites. I found the cover I wanted, at a pretty good price too. Why was this so important to me? By the time I purchase the last book, will the editions have changed? Will the covers I have now match the others I'll get in the future? Maybe, maybe not.

I guess I don't understand why it was important to me this time around. Maybe it's just this series, just these covers.  I don't know.  I guess I'll find out the next time I buy a book for a series I'm reading.

* There were more than just the three covers.


  1. I soooooo want my book covers to match. Or mismatch in a VERY SPECIFIC WAY. Which may have led me to order a weird "Adult version" of Harry Potter that had a non-cartoony cover.

    (My Thursday books are the middle version you have above. Or at least the first 1/2 of the Thursday books. The series is sort of split into 2 groups and the later series is a different style. It's confusing.)

    1. I read about the Harry Potter thing on your blog. So awesome.

      My two books are the first cover. I really like them, they're... exciting? I like the middle cover too. I've noticed that not all the cover styles are available for all the books. I'm sure the series will end up mismatched anyway. Oh well. It was just a weird pursuit for me, since I usually don't care. I do like them to look pretty though, no tears, fold or bends. I'm weird.