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The Guardian looks at why books in different countries have different covers

When a book is published in a different country, it often has a different cover.

“"What possible discussions took place in Germany, for instance, when publishers first received the manuscript for Martin Amis's House of Meetings--a novel that describes the misery of life in a Russian gulag--and set to work on a cover that featured six figures body-popping in the windows of a modern apartment block? What prompted Italian book designers to give junior wizard Harry Potter a hat shaped like a mouse, and why did the French opt against the monochrome design that jacketed Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything Is Illuminated in the U.K. and the U.S., concocting instead a watercolor of somebody fondling a woman's breasts?"

Read more here.


The first French edition of Learning to Fly in hardcover. It sold a ton of copies. This cover would NOT work in the US, which is reassuring. At least American taste hasn't taken over everything.

The paperback version of Learning to Fly. I like it a lot, and tried to emulate it in the Kindle edition

The Dutch version of Learning to Fly.

I just found out that Girl, Stolen sold in the UK! I have never sold UK rights before.



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