Today’s Book Blogger Hop question is: Have you ever bought a more expensive edition of a book, when a cheaper edition was available, just because you preferred the cover of the more expensive one?
I distinctly remember being in Barnes and Noble, looking at two different copies of Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey. $6.99 vs. $4.99, exactly identical copies, except the cheaper option had the lowered price printed big and bold right on the cover, I think in a red star or something like it. It’s relevant to note I was young enough that two dollars made more of a difference than it would today. But I just couldn’t stand that printed price messing up the lovely dragon cover, so I bought the more expensive copy. Considering I still have it, 15 or 20 years later, and have read it multiple times, that was a worthwhile extra two dollars!
That may be the only strict example where I went for a higher price because of cover. I have paid more money for nicer editions–particularly old volumes, a hardback copy, or one with illustrations. That feels slightly different, though. The thing is, I buy most of my books unseen (online) or in used bookstores where there’s only one copy on the shelf, so there aren’t a lot of choices!
Do you buy books based on their cover? Would you pay more for good one?