Thursday, October 16, 2014

That Awkward Thursday (25) When You Think You're Getting What You Want

That Awkward Moment You Think You're Getting What You Want but Really Aren't....

Last week, I saw a tweet from Penguin Teen that said something like, "Always wanted your Anna, Lola, and Isla books to match? We have good news for you!" Then it had a link to this article. When I first read the tweet I was super excited. They had decided to do an Isla cover to match my other books. Looking back it was an irrational thought, but sometimes we believe what we want to be true and I wanted an Isla cover to match my old Anna and Lola covers.

 I know that you can't please everyone. I do. Still, I feel like instead of giving us what we (what I) wanted they gave us what we kind of wanted that would also make them money. Publishing is a business so they have to make decisions that will make them money. Releasing another hardcover of Isla to match the old covers would cost money because someone would have to design a new cover and probably wouldn't make them as much money since Isla was just released. However, releasing both Anna and Lola with hardcovers wouldn't cost any more in design since they already had released paperback versions of Anna and Lola to match the new Isla cover. Plus, diehard fans would go out and buy two books that they most likely already had multiple copies of just so they could have a matching set.

I guess I have mixed feelings about it. I am glad that if I choose I can have a matching set of Stephanie Perkins books. Nothing drives me more crazy than having non matching covers in a series. However, I also feel like this is being used just to sell more books. But again, I guess that is the point. Penguin is a business and businesses have to make money.

What are your thoughts on it? Are you excited about it? Will you buy the two hardcovers of Anna and Lola so your books will match? Let me know in the comments.



  1. Dang, that sucks. I definitely prefer the older covers over the new ones but in all honestly, it doesn't matter to me. Unless I am lining my books along the shelf cover side out, it's not going to be noticeable. Plus having the older versions will now be a "vintage" edition since everyone will now be sporting the newer covers. I'd much rather save the money I would have spent on purchasing the new covers and spend it on an entirely new book. I mean you already have the story itself, the cover is just superficial.
    Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

  2. it is exciting ONLY if they could sell the dust jackets separately. Or I win the two dust jackets in a giveaway. I would never go and rebuy the first two books.. especially since I actually love my copies and don't see a point in owning the same book again. I mean, if i find it for a bargain price I would definitely pick it up.. but this is a contemporary series.. i am not picky about matching covers since each book has its own story anyways.

    great post!
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  3. I don't plan on buying the new covers but maybe if they go on sale for super cheap I may. I agree with both of you, there's really no point in buying another copy. Since I haven't bought Isla yet, I was really hoping that it was the cover that was getting redone but of course that was just wishful thinking!

    Thanks for y'all's opinion!!


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