I admit I’m a book cover snob. Who isn’t though?
Book covers are the first thing that attracts readers to a book. A good cover can draw someone is, just as a bad cover can easily draw someone away. It can essentially make or break a book. Holy, Mother Cover! is where I showcase the book covers that stand out (or make me cringe), and discuss cover changes.
Cover Change: The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
Goddamn, that paperback redesign. *thumbs up*
The mostly white cover of the hardcover design is…really sterile. The yellow-orange (of fire?) doesn’t pop as well as you’d expect it to. What makes this cover good—at least for me—is the title that’s raised up, giving the cover more depth. It’s not one-dimensional, which would’ve made the cover boring. It’s the highlight.
The paperback redesign is kind of magical. I love the effect of the smoke with the way its folding around itself and the different colors its showcasing. It’s these beautiful details that accentuates a cover. This is a book I’d want to pick up. However, my only issue is the title’s font; it leaves a lot to be desired. Like, you’ll get distracted by the smoke in the cover, but when you really look at the title, it’s like “Oh, that…doesn’t look good.”
Final Verdict: What cover do I like better? The paperback.