Friday, 11 December 2009

Leave Covers Alone, Please

I have complained before on a few occasions about those books which have silly stickers on their covers. I especially dislike it when the book jacket is a particularly attractive one.

All too often when you try to remove these stickers they either damage the cover or leave an unsightly circle on it.

Now I have found an even more ridiculous publishers’ trait. To print a simulated sticker directly onto the cover.  Not only did the Christine Aziz book have one but so did Audrey Niffenegger's latest.

Surely if they want to emphasise some award or other they could do the good old fashioned thing and simply print the information in small print at the bottom of the front cover. If I were a cover artist I would be so upset at having my work ruined by such silly tricks.


  1. I totally agree. Got the bookseller of Kabul out from the library a few weeks ago - what a horrible way to destroy a book cover.

  2. I can't say I like the printed version of a sticker, but it doesn't bother me quite the way an actual sticker does -- I think because I feel obligated to ruin my nails removing something that doesn't belong. I think we're stuck with emblems. Pun intended.

  3. I have to agree, I always try for an original copy without all those sticker blurbs. Hard to do when you buy or swap second hand books I know.


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