Judging a Book By Its Other Cover

The New York Times ran a great feature last weekend called "Book Covers That Got Away," which rounded up a handful of beautiful book covers that were ultimately shelved for other designs. For comparison's sake, we've paired the alternate covers with the ones that actually made it to the printer. Are these alternates better than what publishers actually went with?

Alternates on left; actual cover on right

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In most cases, I agree with the published cover. A Gate at the Stairs, though. Eh, the crayons aren't great, but they're better than the real cover.

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In most cases, I agree with the published cover. A Gate at the Stairs, though. Eh, the crayons aren't great, but they're better than the real cover.

Posted by: ABCD for Michelle | Sunday May 22, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Regarding your last paragraph: You’re right. Those two tests should be combined into one test.

Posted by: thomas sabo | Saturday May 21, 2011 at 1:08 AM

great post. I wonder if anyone else can reveal some other lost covers?

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