I am really unhappy that the covers for the Spooks books are to change. I guess it is to give the books a more pick up off the bookstore shelf appeal but I love the old style of the covers and am disappointed that my collection of Spooks book is going to have a massive shift in visual direction mid series! Joe if you are listening....could you organise a small print run in the old style covers for your original fans???? I would love to hear others opinions on this :) Marie
Exactly, there was something so charming about the look of the preceding books. I live in the US where the books are printed in a more modern style, but I have been specifically ordering the UK versions based on the covers!
I completely agree and this is very frustrating. As i write this I'm looking at the shelf and the first 5 look so nice together. It's a mistake to change the look of the books before the end of the series.
I totally agree with everyone else who has posted comments on this! It seems so silly to discontinue the original covers at this point in the series. I was aware there were other versions of the books were on sale, but had no idea `The Spook's Sacrifice' would only be available in the new and far attractive cover. Will the new book defiantly not be published in the old design? If so, it will be such a shame- the first five looks so nice lined up on the shelf. I guess in the end it's the content that counts though.
I am glad to see others feel the same as my household on this matter! I can see that the new cover design is aimed at younger people picking up the books but as two thirty something fans, we really have an appreciation for the lovely old style covers. I really believe that this change is a major shame! A small print run of the old style covers would be wonderful but I don't think it will happen despite how much we want it!
I really like the spook covers, I don't see why they have to change. Its a bit stupid too, if your looking for books in the series and some look completly different, you might buy the wrong book! I think they should stay the same, and like others have said, its going to look rubbish in my collection. Sort it out please Joe!
While the tactic may secure new readership through this brand relaunch, it devalues the integrity of the already accepted brand among the original readership. Random house is taking a chance on that, but perhaps this marketing campaign to secure a larger North American (read US) readership base will be successful.
Be that as it may, I'm now more reluctant to pre-order or purchase the UK version (which I've done in the past despite the availability of the US titles here in Canada) on the release date. Before, I was more than happy to pay extra in shipping
We've all read this far so they know we'll buy it despite the new cover. Perhaps the idea is that the new 'sell out' cover will attract new readers? Well great move Joseph! Now your books are indistinguishable from all the other crap. In fact while you're homogenising, why not rename the boy Harry?
I actually am reluctant to buy this book! I refuse to buy it, I know it sounds strange, but it'd look horrendous with my other collections. Even when I take off the sleeve, it doesn't have the same simple print. I'm saddened to say, I will not be purchasing any further books without the old cover, but I shan't stop reading, as I must say I do enjoy the books. However, it shall be from friends or libraries.
I am certainly not going to boycott it as I love reading them. I will however put a email to the publishers and maybe author to ask if they can produce a different dust jacket as I think these new ones are horrible conpared to the others. But maybe they are supposed to appeal to more people and coincide with the film when it comes out (there was a rumour of one coming next year).
I know it sounds petty or somewhat, but I'm just personally quite.. strange, or childish like that. I really do enjoy these books, and love the storyline and his writing. I've read parts of his first one, and feel like his writing is not how it use to be, especially compared to Apprentice and Curse. There's a rumour going around that they may publish 1,000 copies of the original cover. And I'm sure as hell wanting to buy one. However, I'm guessing the writing and storyline may alter quite a lot, seeing as they are going to produce a movie, and it's going to appeal to children. I know the target audience was aimed at children or young teenagers in the first place, however, it's sad to think that he may make it different to how it original is meant to be! I myself am in fact a teenager, and enjoyed it for quite a while now, until this very point. I may have to read through the book to see for myself, but so far, I'm not entirely impressed. I'm sorry to say.