UK vs. US Book Covers

In case you guys didn’t know, I’m from the UK. And I’ve always been curious about different US and UK covers for the same book.

I get so confused when I go to book shops/libraries and I can’t find a book I’m looking for. But then, after a  bit more searching, I find a book with the same name and I eventually realise that, ok, this book has a different cover to what I’ve been seeing online.

So, today I wanted to compare some UK and US book covers and discuss which ones I prefer. This post is totally just my opinion and if you have different thoughts (or not) I’d love to hear them!

 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


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For this book, I prefer the UK edition (also check out the gorgeous older UK book cover). I love the colours and how it shows the door, which is important in the story. I find the US edition kinda strange and I generally don’t like books with faces on the cover. I think I’d be less inclined to pick up the American edition of this book.

 

Under Rose Tainted Skies by  Louise Gornall


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The UK edition is a bit too pink for my liking and the cage isn’t as striking as it is on the US edition. I prefer the colours on the US edition and I love the watercolour effect for the sky. So, it’s safe to say I prefer the America one for this book.

 

And I Darken by Kiersten White


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I really love both these covers! But, I think I’d choose the US one over the UK one. This is mainly just because, like I mentioned for Daughter of Smoke & Bone, I’m not a fan of faces on covers and I also prefer the purples on the US edition.

 

Heartless by Marissa Meyer


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Another one where I love both the covers! But, strangely, these covers give me completely different vibes for the story. And I think the American edition is a better representation of what the story is about, as it highlights the story is not really a happy one.

 

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo


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I definitely prefer the US edition for If I Was Your Girl. The UK edition seems like a typical YA contemporary cover, so doesn’t really stand out, and it also has a more childish feel to it. Whereas, the US cover seems a lot more mature and also features a transgender model. As this book is about a transgender character, I think the US one is a lot better.

 

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


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For this one, I prefer the UK version. I prefer the simpler colours and artwork of the bird is beautiful and detailed. I also like how the tagline is included as well on the UK one.

 

Night Owls/The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett


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What I find really strange about this book is not only did it get a cover change but it also got a name change. I’m still not really why though… But, I find the UK cover (and name) much more appealing. I think the colours are beautiful and it stands out a lot more than the US version.

 

The Graces by Laure Eve


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Although these book covers are different, they still give off a very similar feel to me. So, it’s difficult for me to choose a favourite. But I think, I prefer the US one just because it’s got a lovely combination of purples and reds.

 

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness


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I like both of these covers! I like how the US edition shows loads of characters on it but I think I prefer the UK one overall. I think it’s a lot more striking and I prefer the typography and colours on the English one as well.

 

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab


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The thing I find interesting about this change is that the UK one is under the name V.E. Schwab and the US one is under the name Victoria Schwab and I don’t know why she did that. And I know, It doesn’t really make much different but it kinda nags at me. But, I prefer the US edition. Even though the UK one is beautiful, the US one fits the book more for me.

 


 

Do you prefer UK or US book covers?

 

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17 thoughts on “UK vs. US Book Covers

  1. I love all these covers! I find that I usually prefer the UK version over the US versions, I still love the US versions for some. I definitely agree with you on Nevernight, Heartless, DoSaB, and Under Rose-Tainted Skies. Even though I prefer the US version for And I Darken, too, I’m in love with the UK version. It’s so striking! Great choices 😀

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  2. In regards to this post, I prefer more of the US covers. The UK covers for DoSaB and Nevernight are two of my favourites though! It’s a shame that If I Was Your Girl had a cover change for the UK. I thought it was so great that there was a transwoman on the cover. They could have even used a transwoman from the UK on the cover which would have been awesome.

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    1. I agree, I love the DoSaB and Nevernight covers too! And I really don’t understand the UK cover change for If I Was Your Girl. To me, it kinda makes it look like just another typical contemporary which it isn’t really.

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