Oh I can just hear you book lovers grind their teeth at the idea!
A few scenarios. You are enthusiastically collecting a series, and you want them all neatly on your shelf…
They changed the cover design.
The latest volume arrives, you open the box, and…
This wasn’t the cover that was listed online, surely?
The book arrives, you open the wrapping, and it’s the same cover!
At last! You put it on your shelf next to its mates.
You stand back and proudly look at your shelf… to discover they changed the spine.
Do you recognise these situations? Does it bother you when covers don’t match?
It sure bothers me *sadface* Let me show you some examples…
Exhibit A: Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente
Looks the same? Well…
Exhibit B: Dirk Gently by Douglas Adams
Think again 🙁 Different sizes!
Exhibit C: Een Groene Bloem by Floortje Zwigtman
The other edition:
Yeah, I like my edition better…
Exhibit D: The Saga of Larten Crepsley by Darren Shan
Until I put them on the shelf…
Why. Why would you do this to me.
Exhibit E: Neil Gaiman
Yep, on different occasions…
Exhibit F: Banana Yoshimoto
But I have to pay more attention next time…
Now the world doesn’t end with mismatched series. And overall I am quite pleased with how my shelves look.