I suggest you petition the publisher, as was done last year, so they do a run with the original cover style... That's the only reason why the second print run, with the more popular (at least with the fans who have bought the series from the beginning) cover style, occurred last year. Some "marketing" idiot thought that it would be a good idea to alienate all of the original fan base by changing the cover style mid-way through the series without offering an alternative, i.e. the original style. Plenty of letters pointing out, yet again (yawn - they still haven't learned), the error of their ways (and threatening a boycott again) will probably result in the print we all want to see being released later in the year. The publisher needs to know that we aren't going to go away with our complaints, but their sales will. Power to the people!
"The publisher needs to know that we aren't going to go away with our complaints, but their sales will". I disagree there. Their sales will increase because of the number of people having to buy the book twice. I had to do that last year and ended up giving the one with the crappy new cover to the local library. The same thing will mostly likely happen again this year when I get the movie version on release day, and then buy the "Limited Edition" when it comes out later on in the year.
Thanks for the reply guys. I got stung by the different cover last year, but it won't happen again. Guess I'll just have to put up with thm looking poor on my bookshelf. Suppose it will fit in with the Witches book anyway.
I cannot believe that the publishers have done this again. Is this greed? Last book had to buy two just because like Mark I was stung -to get the "original" looking cover, now another with a c*^p cover has been released. How to lose your customers. Not one bit impressed to have covers changed halfway through what was a good looking series. Whoever is making these decisions is certainly not one bit thinking about collectors or the fan base. Grrrr Bodley Head are you earning so much money that your customers can be treated this way. Poor form!!
I haven't bought the new book yet because I'm awaiting (hopefully not fruitlessly) for it to be released in the original binding. It looks so much more classy this way and was what drew me to the books in the first place. The new covers really look cheap and nasty (sorry illustrator).