I think there is no other topic that divides reader as much as matching covers!
It is a reoccurring theme on Book Blogs and Booktube and opinions are rarely identical. Whenever a cover change occurs in the middle of publishing a series my feeds explode with rants.
Some readers love having matching covers and have a neat and organized bookshelf, others don’t care because what matters most to them is the story between the covers and there are also some in between – liking matching covers but would never buy a book again just to have matching covers.
It’s confession time!
I don’t care if covers match or not. Do I like it when they do? Yes, of course but it is not important to me. I even have series that I started reading in German and finished in English and that’s okay.
|they almost match|
|different publishers, different heights and yes, I tend to crack spines (Sorry!)|
|Hardcover, paperback, different heights and languages - I don't care!|
|different heights, editions and cover art|
As you can see, I don’t really care how my books look and if they match as long as the story is good but my mum is the complete opposite. She reads almost as much as I do but she gets really upset when her books do not match or if a cover change occurs. She owns almost all of the Gideon Oliver Mysteries by Aaron Elkins and when she recently bought some older books of the series and the covers did not match she really thought about sending them back. This thought would have never crossed my mind but she is still not happy that they don’t match.
After telling you that matching covers are not my number one priority when buying books tell me, what kind of cover person are you?