Across the Pond

As you may or may not know, book covers are usually different for a novel in the US and its international counterparts. A recent post at the Millions looked at a few different US/UK novels, and I thought it would be cool to look at some popular YA or children’s titles as well. I chose John Green’s Looking for Alaska, which has been translated into several languages.

This is the cover we American readers know and love. I think it’s a solid cover; maybe not startling, but it strikes the right mood.

This is the latest UK cover. This is probably my least favorite, as it feels a little generic.

This is the French cover. Again, maybe a little generic, but I like the collection of teens here.

This is the Spanish cover. At first glance I didn’t like it much, but I think the A as a maze is actually pretty cool. (Could do without the shoe, however.)

I’d be curious to hear more about what goes into different cover designs for international versions of the same title. Do you ever check out international covers?

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