U.S. vs. U.K. Book Covers

What can book covers tell us something about the differences between US and UK book cultures? The Millions brought back one of my favorite annual posts with their U.S. vs. U.K. book cover comparison: “Judging Books by Their Covers: U.S. Vs. U.K.

Two of my personal favorites: 1Q84 and The Art of Fielding. (I think the U.S. one is clearly better, though).

And here is the 2011 Judging Books by Their Covers: U.S. Vs. U.K.

[UPDATE: and the 2010 Judging Books by Their Covers: U.S. Vs. U.K.]

[UPDATE: and for good measure, the 2009 “Judging Books by Their Covers: America Vs. UK”]

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Flavorwire got in on the action, too: “Judging Countries By Their Covers: US vs UK Book Jackets” —

“We’ve always found the cover changes between US and UK editions of the same books pretty interesting — they must be reflective of our different cultures in some way incomprehensible to us. After all, book jacket designers are trying to capture the attention and imagination of their target populace, so it’s fascinating to see what the experts think will attract a Brit versus what they think might attract an American.”

US wins hands-down for The Imperfectionists and Super Sad True Love Story.


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