USA vs. UK – Book Cover Edition

I honestly cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen a beautiful book on the internet, and when I go into a British book store or on UK Amazon the cover is absolutely horrendous in comparison. So I thought it would be fun to look at a few UK and USA editions side by side and see which side of the Atlantic is home of aesthetically pleasing book royalty.


Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

As mentioned in my Station Eleven book review, I seriously cannot handle how beautiful the American cover is. The haunting isolation, the beautiful background, just everything about this book cover is stunning and magical. As for the UK edition, I like the bold typography and the simple detail, but when put next to the USA edition, it just seems to lack the haunting beauty and stunning colouration.


Daughter Of Smoke And Bone by Laini Taylor

This is one case where I have an outright winner, and not particularly being I love one more than the other, but because I HATE one of them! I cannot stand the USA cover of this book, I think it looks cheesy and far too young adult for its own good. The UK edition has a lovely mysterious element to it, and although I find the UK edition to be quite generic and not particularly unique, I think it holds a mystery and beauty which well out weighs that of the USA cover.


(The Original) Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

With this one I am pretty biased with, as the UK editions of the books hold an extra special part in my childhood memories. I will forever love the original Bloomsbury editions of the Harry Potter series. The art is wonderful and I adore the colour schemes. With the US edition, yeah, I like it (I don’t appreciate the changing of the title of the book!) but it just isn’t the same to me. It seems very fan-arty, if that makes any sense?


A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Scwab

Now this is another one that makes me so made that I’m stuck with the UK edition. I mean LOOK AT THAT USA EDITION! It is absolutely beautiful. The way it depicts Kell leaping from one London to another, I just find it to be wonderful. The UK edition is OK. I mean, I like the maps and the font, but I just can’t get on board with the silhouette of Kell. I am in love with the USA edition, and I need it in my life.


This was a fun post to make, and I could have listed quite a few more! Let me know what you think about it in the comments and I might make this a regular feature on my blog! Hope you enjoy and let me know your thoughts on the BOOK COVER WARS.


4 thoughts on “USA vs. UK – Book Cover Edition

  1. It’s funny to read this, because often when I go online book shopping I’m upset at how beautiful UK editions of books are in comparison to USA versions. I think both have their beautiful covers, but for the most part I agree with all of your decisions. Great post! 🙂

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  2. It’s definitely a toss-up for many North American vs. UK covers. Ignorance is pretty much bliss in this sense (just so I don’t feel sad that I don’t own the alternative version). Although for ADSOM, I think there are some cool qualities in each that I wouldn’t mind either haha.

    One upcoming book that I [think] I prefer the UK version of is Patrick Ness’ The Rest of us Just Live Here. I mean, I think I’d like the glow-in-the-dark feature of the NA cover but the simplicity of the UK one just goes with all of his other titles!

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    1. nathannnnnjames

      That is my dream, I might start buying cheap paperbacks to actually read then once finished buy a stunning hard back of my favourite edition to display on my shelf haha


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