You thought I was going to say something else, didn't you. *tsking* Such naughty minds some readers have. ;)
When Wave asked me if I would like to post at DIK I was thrilled at the chance to play at one of my favourite blogs... and then promptly went into a tizzy trying to decide what I should talk about. Should I try to be intelligent (no snorting from those who know me!), interesting or funny?? Decisions, decisions. It was then I realised I should probably stick to what I do best; the rant. And, boy, have I ever been holding back on one!
THE DREADED HARD COVER
In the past couple of months, two of the latest books in different series I read have been released in hard cover. This hasn't been the second or even third in a series, which I could probably deal with, but the fourth and the fifth books. I'm talking about these:
Am I the only one that seriously hates it when publishers do this?! It annoys the absolute crap out of me!
I'm not one to begrudge money going to authors for the sales of their work (what little some of them get for it anyway); however, when you are paying anywhere from $35 to $50 for a hard cover (in Australia you are, not sure what it's like for the rest of you out there) it's a serious chunk out of the
Besides this, there are two other reasons why the sudden appearance of a hard cover pees me off:
Reason # 1. This kind of relates to the $$ thing in that I have made a promise to myself I will only ever buy one author in hard cover and this is the amazingly talented God of Parody, Terry Pratchett. For all other books I must wait until it is released in trade paperback or preferably paperback...
... and wait...
... and Wait...
... and WAIT!
FYI - I DESPISE waiting. I'm one of those horrible people who have the patience of a gnat and to wait anywhere from 6 months to a year for a paperback whilst everyone everywhere else is singing its praises... well, it's simply inhumane. Note: One day this, like PMS and menopause, will be used as part of the defence in a murder trial. Just saying.
Reason # 2. Granted with my OCD I have issues with symmtery and order, but who doesn't get annoyed when their bookcases are mucked up by the sudden appearance of a hard cover in the midst of a lovely - and evenly sized - line of paperbacks!
And don't tell me I can shelve all the hard covers together because I CAN'T. All the books in a series should be kept together and in order of publication and that's FINAL! *ahem*
I could also go on for days about how hard covers or the popularity of a book/series or the translation of book to film can result in the redesign of a cover. Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series is a perfect example of this:
That blond chick doesn't even look like the actress Anna Paquin (http://true-blood.net/?page_id=7) from True Blood. *mutter, mutter*
What the heck is an OCD reader meant to do when something like this completely destroys the feng shui of his/her bookcases?? Its discrimination is what it is!
Thank God for ebooks! At least, they can be relied upon to be neatly tucked away into a folder regardless of their size.
Deep breaths, Kris, deep breaths.
Am I the only one who is able to see through the glaze of recent release lust to the fact that the hard cover is one of the biggest conspiracies in today's publishing world?!
... or maybe it's just me...