Blog Hop: Worth the Money?

book-blogger-hop-finalToday’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?

About cherylmahoney

I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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5 Responses to Blog Hop: Worth the Money?

  1. Jemima Pett says:

    I wonder if we have the same Dragonflight cover? Must check and give you the right Goodreads link… https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1017641.Dragonflight This one.
    As I have a different copy of Dragonsong (it’s in your header photo!) we probably have different ones, though.
    I’ve bought hardcover books when I could have bought the paperbacks, but wish I’d bought the early HP hardbacks!

  2. Grace says:

    I usually just buy the cheapest paperback, because I like to read in the bath and occasionally Poseidon claims a book. But I will stare longingly at the fancy editions that I see in bookstores or on Instagram anyway.

  3. Karen Blakely says:

    I bought gorgeous illustrated copies of LOTR and The Hobbit, even though I already owned paperback copies and I don’t read them very often…

  4. I have probably 20 different copies of Les Mis. I’ve been trying to get a hardcover copy of every English translation. But when the movie came out in 2012, I got a copy of the book with the movie cover… because I love that image of Cosette… even though it’s the Denny translation, widely regarded as the worst translation.

  5. Michael says:

    I’ve not had a decision quite like the one you faced. 🙂

    But I can say that I’m one of those people who prefers the covers of a series match. So if I had a choice of keeping the cover design similar or getting something new, I’d go for the one that matches those I have, even if it might set me back a bit more.

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