Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Hardcover vs Paperback 101

Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

Hardcover

Paperback


Tamsin Greene comes from a long line of witches, and she was supposed to be one of the most Talented among them. But Tamsin's magic never showed up. Now seventeen, Tamsin attends boarding school in Manhattan, far from her family. But when a handsome young professor mistakes her for her very Talented sister, Tamsin agrees to find a lost family heirloom for him. The search—and the stranger—will prove to be more sinister than they first appeared, ultimately sending Tamsin on a treasure hunt through time that will unlock the secret of her true identity, unearth the sins of her family, and unleash a power so vengeful that it could destroy them all. This is a spellbinding display of storytelling that will exhilarate, enthrall, and thoroughly enchant.

It's always strange to me when I cover is completely redone for a book yet the concept stays mostly the same, why redo it? The hardcover is much more dynamite, colorful and focused where as the paperback, because the girl (a lot less the focus of the book) is beginning to get lost in the background, and the monochromic color scheme isn't making it pop off any shelves I don't think compared to the hardcover. Whyyyy! I will say I do like the wispy hair though.


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15 comments:

  1. I am all for hardcover on this one! PB looks like a ghost story since she is so washed out.

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  2. I prefer the paperback. I hate the cover trend of having half the character's head missing on the cover.

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  3. To me, these are marketing to two totally different age groups. The hardcover seems aimed at teens with the "half a girl" thing and the "edgy" color use. The second one seems much more aimed at middle grade readers; it reminds me of books like school of fear, incorrigible children of ashton place, etc.

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  4. Definitely the hardcover.

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  5. Hardback! Without a doubt.

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  6. I'm torn with this one. There are bits of each that I like but not the whole of either.

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  7. Hardcover all the way!

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  8. Hardcover for sure!

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  9. I like both, but for this one I really prefer the paperback. It's more mysterious, and less random than a girl missing half of her head. But, that's just how i fell! :D

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  10. I don't like the paperback. It makes her look freakishly skinny.
    Alison Can Read

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  11. It may just be my screen, but the paperback looks oddly like her head is a photo but her body was cut out of paper.

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  12. This is a tough one, I actually like them both!

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  13. Interesting that they changed it -- I LOVE the colors and focus of the HC's cover. I'm not a fan of putting a person fully on the front of book covers, because it takes away the idea of envisioning the character by book description alone.

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  14. I love the hardcover version. I read this book when it first came out and loved it. :]

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