Paperback vs Hardback book covers

I recently wrote a post comparing some UK and US book covers and while I’m definitely going to do that again I had another idea that linked to the old post… Paperback vs Hardback covers!

I’m always in the middle of a struggle between buying the hardback or the paperback copy… because one normally has such a better cover than the other, and it’s usually the hardback, but I prefer paperbacks!

Let’s have a look at some of the most frustrating hardback vs paperback cover changes!

The paperbacks are all on the left (or the first pic out of the two, if you’re on mobile)!

And yes, I’m backing out of the Top Ten Tuesday topic this week, again, because I don’t like it and I don’t feel I’ve read enough books with certain types of characters… I’m also not one of those people who really falls in love with characters so I find it hard to pick certain ones for those kinds of posts!

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I received this book in one of my Book and Brew boxes, and when I received the hardback version I thought “oo, pretty!” but then I saw the paperback cover and I’m sad I didn’t get that one!

To be honest, both of these covers are very pretty, but I think I prefer the artsy red cover!

Winner: paperback

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Dark Matter is one of my favourite books and I was so happy to get the hardback from a friend for my last birthday. They have since released the paperback copy and I still think I prefer the hardback cover as it’s so simple! I like the paperback design, but I don’t like the people running towards each other on it… I know what it’s representing but I don’t love it.

Winner: hardback

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I am itching to get my hands on this book but I haven’t yet bought it due to the fact the hardback is ยฃ20 but soooo much prettier! This is one of those books I’m being really materialistic about… I refuse to buy that dull paperback copy of it!

Winner: hardback

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I really have a hatred for covers with the back of a woman on the front, be that looking out of a window, standing on a beach or running away. They bother me. But, even if that were not the case, I think the artistry of the floral cover is really gorgeous and would win at any point!

Winner: hardback

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The paperback cover of this book is to die for! It’s so accurate for the book, I love how retro-80’s it looks and I love the colours. It totally pops and is definitely something that would grab my attention in a bookstore.

I actually have the hardback of this novel and I’m kicking myself for not just waiting for the paperback to come out. I wasn’t that desperate to read it and I could have saved some money on a cuter cover!

Winner: paperback

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Now we’re moving on to covers that are very similar, but there are still changes to the cover art that make one better than the other!

I actually really like both of these covers. I think the publishers have done a good job at keeping the covers similar but also different enough to differentiate the two types of book.

I have the hardback version of this book, and I do love the cover! I saw some versions of this novel with a pigeon on it and I didn’t like that at all, so I’m glad to have got the pear one. But, I also do really love the paperback cover take on the old pear image.

Winner: draw!

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I like it when the paperback comes out with the same cover, with a slight different change, because it’s nice to have the as one cover. In this one, the background cover has been changed to a lighter colour, and personally, I don’t think the yellow on this design works very well.

The bright colour takes your eyes away from the pretty pattern, the dark one draws your eyes towards it instead, which I assume the artist would prefer!

Winner: hardback

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Here is another cover thats only change is the background cover, and unlike with the last one, I actually prefer the light background! I think it works a lot better with the rest of the colour scheme. Also, in real life, all of the green bits are metallic and it looks super cute! (I’m sure that could be the case with the hardback cover too, but the yellowy white colour doesn’t really go with the green very well… in my opinion!

Winner: paperback

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So there you have it! These are my opinions on some of the paperback vs hardback cover changes I’ve recently noticed. I’d love to hear what you think about the covers! Do you agree with my choices?

I will be doing more of these posts, as well as the UK vs US cover posts too! I like being vocal about my love or hate for book covers, as I am a book cover judger through and through.

22 thoughts on “Paperback vs Hardback book covers

  1. I hadn’t seen the cover change for Dark Matter yet and I don’t know how I feel about it. I like that it looks like a maze but, like you said, I don’t like that it looks like they’re running towards each other. I like the simple cover best too!

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  2. I think the pigeon cover for See What I Have Done is the US cover :((((( The pear one is 1000000% gorgeous!

    And you’re so right about the yellow background on The Muse. It’s almost as if the pattern design vanishes??? It’s so more defined with the dark blue background.

    Same goes for The Fourteenth Letter – I see the design so much better on the one with the white background!

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  3. I’ve never seen the yellow copy of The Muse bc all the paperback ones are work are blue too… ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I didn’t even know it existed, still prefer the blue though.
    Also the Exorcist paperback one, the back cover continues the theme of its a video tape and even has “be kind rewind” on it :’)

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  4. I agree with you on the covers for The Muse and The Fourteenth Letter. I think your choices on those are the ones where it’s easiest to read the text (in addition to the color preferences).

    I do NOT like the hardback Dark Matter cover, though. This is the main exception to my preference for simpler covers: I am very picky about covers that repeat words like that. In this case I think it makes the simple cover look way too busy. Still, it’s an interesting comparison!

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      1. I haven’t gotten past the cover to figure out what the story line is… ๐Ÿ˜‰

        Sometimes I don’t mind repetition of this nature on a cover. I think it has something to do with how 3-D it looks (and this one looks flat to me so it bugs me).

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