Discussion Day: Book Cover OCD

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Discussion Day

Is anyone else a little OCD about book covers and/or editions?

I know I’ve said many times before that I prefer paperbacks to hardbacks, and there are lots of reasons for that, but one of the major ones is my near OCD need to have all my covers match. If I start by buying the hardback, I must buy the rest of the series in hardback to complete the series – to switch to paperback halfway through makes my teeth itch just thinking about it! Same goes for paperback versus mass market paperback size – I accidentally bought the regular paperback of a series I already have 2 in mass-market size, and I cringe every time I look at that shelf! Is that bad? (Yes. Yes it is. I know.)

The thing that drives me nuts the most, though? Different cover styles! If I start buying a series with the original cover set, I want to be able to FINISH buying in that set, no matter which I like better. For example, I started buying the Abhorsen series FOREVER ago with the cover on the left. Pretty cool with the demon and the bells, right?

Sabriel original cover Lirael new coverThe cover on the right is the second book in the series, with the re-release cover. Talk about COOL! I love the fire-y character on the plain black background! They’ve re-released all of the covers in the new style and I think they’re so gorgeous with their simplicity. And really, both covers are appropriate. The originals feature the main character of each book, usually along with the tools of their trade (the bells, the book/pipes/etc.) and the new ones feature the glyphs that are often described as the conduits of magic. But, because I started buying with the old series, it almost hurts to think of buying one of the newer ones. Nevermind that it takes twice as long to track down a new (or at least like-new – true new copies of the original covers aren’t available anymore) copy to buy. It wouldn’t MATCH!

I know this seems like a real first-world problem, and I’m just being silly. But, seriously, I’ve got it bad. I have seriously considered buying second copies of books that I bought “wrong” the first time and giving the first one to Paperbackswap or a used bookstore. Considering I don’t spend money unless I absolutely have to, that’s saying something!

Does anybody else have this problem? Please tell me I’m not alone!

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11 Responses to “Discussion Day: Book Cover OCD”

  1. Personally, I prefer hardcovers over paperbacks. I just think they look nicer on the shelf! Though, there are some books that aren’t even released in hardcover. But I do like all of my books to match. If you look at my shelves, this so isn’t the case, but it’s what I try to do.

    And I really want my covers to match! But that rarely happens, either. I do like that I can buy certain covers (and sizes) on The Book Depository, which helps.

    I have Beth Revis’s Across the Universe series on my shelf and I bought the first two books for a book signing, where the first book is paperback, the second in hardcover — both the OLD covers — and now I just bought the third book with the new cover in hardcover. It looks funny, but there’s not much I can do about it!

    • Anne says:

      I guess I’m prejudiced against hardcovers mostly because they’re heavier and more expensive lol. Plus they use a different weight paper, and it feels different – I riffle the pages as I read (and drive everyone around me nuts lol)

      I have a few series’ that the covers don’t match, and I guess it kind of depends on the series, because I can think of at least one that I don’t have the urge to run out and buy a different copy every time I see it.

  2. Err… Umm… I *prefer* my books to be in the same format (to an extent) but it doesn’t bother me if they’re not. I have trade paperbacks and hardcovers in the same series. I have mass market paperbacks and hardcovers in the same series. I also have a mixture of kindle and physical books in some series.

    • Anne says:

      I know, I’m a little bit neurotic about this lol. I can’t even THINK about mixing eBook/paper book formats for a series – it makes my OCD want to go hyperventilate into a paper bag! :)

  3. I’m with Kelly on this. I prefer to have the same format, but if not, well… it is what it is. I’ve found that it’s a waste of my time and energy to get annoyed by it.

  4. Stormy says:

    I think I’m one of the few readers who DON’T have cover OCD. It really doesn’t bother me if my covers match or not, of even if I have all the books for a series in hardback or paperback. In fact, my first two Harry Potter books are in paperback, the rest are in hardback, and I threw away the dust jackets to the hardbacks long ago. If I bought the books today, I wouldn’t throw away the dust jackets, but it doesn’t really bother me to have my covers bare. And, I kinda secretly like when my books don’t match; I like the cozy, eclectic feel that it gives my bookshelf(in my opinion).

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  6. Kelly says:

    I was thisclose to doing this with Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. I made it about halfway through before they changed the covers, so now I have half with the original covers and half with the re-design. I cringe every time I look at them!

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