US vs UK Book Covers (Part 1)

I think 50% of bookworm culture is staring at and drooling over dazzling book covers. The packaging of a book has gotten so much better in recent years. The industry is also warming up to the representation of POC, different body types and other marginalised groups front and centre. Personally, I’m always a sucker for beautiful books. I go out of my way to get a pretty edition if one is available, even if that means shelling out a few books. Today I wanted to compare US and UK covers of books – something I’ve seen a lot on BookTube and thought it’ll be fun to bring to the blog.

US vs UK Book Covers (Part 1) | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (post graphic image)

1. Circe by Madeline Miller

US vs UK Book Covers (Part 1) - Circe by Madeline Miller | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (book cover collage)
The UK cover is quite simply stunning and gives the whole Greek mythological retelling effectively too.

2. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

US vs UK Book Covers (Part 1) - The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (book cover collage)
It’s a spooky, witchy tale and the deep blue colour along with the tree branches and moon conveys the message better than the UK cover.

3. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

US vs UK Book Covers (Part 1) - What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (book cover collage)
This is a close one but I just like the blue colour and the huge font of the title in the UK cover better.

4. Aru Shah and the End of the Time by Roshani Chokshi

US vs UK Book Covers (Part 1) - Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (book cover collage)
The UK cover doesn’t really give the Hindu mythological retelling image quite as well as its US counterpart. Also, the background colour in the US one is much more impressive.

5. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

US vs UK Book Covers (Part 1) - Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (book cover collage)
I love both a lot, but when it comes to what draws my eye, I’d pick that shade of blue any day.

6. The Book of M by Peng Shepherd

US vs UK Book Covers (Part 1) - The Book of M by Peng Shepherd | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (book cover collage)
I’m a sucker for anything space-related so even though the relevance of the US cover isn’t as strong as the UK one, the winner for me is the former.

7. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

US vs UK Book Covers (Part 1) - The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (book cover collage)
I love the naked US hardcover, which I own, but the UK cover with its gorgeous feather design is just more eye-catching.

8. Mirage by Somaiya Daud

US vs UK Book Covers (Part 1) - Mirage by Somaiya Daud | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (book cover collage)
There is no difference other than the background colour and purple is my favourite, so this was easy.

9. Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

US vs UK Book Covers (Part 1) - Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (book cover collage)
Again, very similar covers but the aesthetic of the UK cover is more pleasing and cohesive to me.

10. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

US vs UK Book Covers (Part 1) - Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books (book cover collage)
This is a tough one as I own the UK edition but I think the US one is just as good. If I had to choose one, I’ll go with US just because I think it tells you a little bit more about the story.


Let's discuss (blog graphic)

Do you have a preference when it comes to US and UK covers? Do you get access to both formats where you live? Do you buy books based on covers? Let’s discuss in the comments section below.

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Judging books by their covers - across the pond | Nandini @ Unputdownable Books

23 thoughts on “US vs UK Book Covers (Part 1)

  1. I think UK covers tend to be more artsy and creative overall, whereas US covers often seem to seek some sort of mainstream popularity, if that makes sense. So I do often prefer the UK covers!

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    1. I do see US covers conforming to whatever is the standard for the book’s respective genre. I don’t have much of a preference, as you can see, but in terms of availability, UK editions are much cheaper and easy to get. πŸ˜… Do you try to get hold of the UK editions if you’re adding a book to your personal collection?

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  2. Naomi Novik’s books are so interesting in this way in that the US and UK covers are SOOOOOO different, but they’re both great. I guess I like the US covers of those, just because I’m more used to seeing them on my shelf, but I love how whimsical the UK covers are.

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  3. Vicki @ Diverse Fantasy Reads

    I’ve never really thought about the difference between US and UK covers until you did the post. They can be very different. I’d be interested in learning about why that is. Honestly, I enjoyed most of the US covers better so whatever they’re doing is working for me. I definitely pick up books all the time based on their covers though i would say whether I buy them or not is more summary-driven. I love a great, eye catching book cover.

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  4. AH, I hate choosing between two beautiful covers! I like both US and UK editions mostly and don’t have preferences but I tend to buy whatever’s cheaper in case both are pretty!
    Looking through this post, I think I have a preference towards US covers but well, I’ve never really though about t like that!
    Great post! xx

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  5. You know, I never realised we get more UK covers here than US ones. Lol. But yeah, I love the differences, and I think both sides have subtle nods to the stories, but because I’m used to the UK covers, I’m biased. Haha.

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