Comparing covers: The people’s act of love

I bought The People’s Act of Love by James Meek (German hardcover version) when it was on sale on Amazon for only 5 EUR. The cover caught my eye and the blurb sounded interesting, the reviews were great. However, it never kept my interest up and I abandoned it for the time being. Guess I’m still waiting for the right mood to read it. Possibly in winter. Anyway, I love all three covers. Even though I don’t judge a book by its cover (for more on that topic see Carin’s Friday coffee chat from last week at A little bookish) this one sold me the book.

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Again I think the original title would have been hard to translate, so they came up with their own German one. Roughly “The lonesome fears [or possibly “horrors”] of love” gives the whole book a somewhat different spin. Whether justified or not I can’t say (yet).

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  1. This just shows the influence of fonts since the image in the right and middle is the same. Interesting, isn’t it?

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  2. Hands down the one on the left is my favorite although from the German title (translated into English) the other two covers fit the title better. That is so weird!

    I don’t like the font on the right very much.

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  3. I like trying to guess a books category by its cover, based on these three I’d have put cover one into Women’s Fiction (if it weren’t for the train I’d have said romance), cover two into General Fiction, three as a mystery or spy novel. Book designer spend so much time trying to predict what we want, you are better off reading three random pages. Though, I admit to being seduced by fine packaging every once in a while and I wonder if publisher will pay more attention to it as eBook rise.
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  4. I just read the other comments and it looks like Judith and I guessed the same. Guess that means we either have similar taste or the industry has trained the consumer well.
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  5. How fun that you both “guessed” the same genre. Mayeb the reason is a mixture of both your suggestions.

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