I’ve read two books in the last month that have used the same technique on their front book covers. I don’t know what to call it so I’m naming it a split title.
What am I talking about? The titles of these two books split one of the words into two words on the cover, but on the spine and in all other references, it’s one word. I think the publishers want to have the font as big as possible on the cover, but adding a hyphen would look weird, so they just skip it. I was sure I was on to a trend, but I’ve two days looking for examples and can’t find even one more!
Here’s what I mean:
See how The Breakdown by B. A. Paris is split into BREAK and DOWN? But the actual title is The Breakdown. It’s the same with Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley, split into FIRE and KEEPER’S.
By the way, both books were very good so stay tuned for reviews!
Can you find any other examples? I’m going to keep looking and hope to add to my collection.
Do these book covers look similar to you? You may remember my March 2018 post in which I share book covers that look very much alike. Well, in keeping with that theme, here’s another book cover trend: the silhouette. You don’t have to be a master researcher to find them and in fact, I picked up several examples just by browsing the shelves at the library where I work!
I looked online to see if 2018 was the year of the silhouette, but I didn’t find much. You can read about the best covers of 2018 and the predicted trends for 2019 in these online posts:
I wonder how long this trend has been developing? The books here are listed in order of publication, beginning in 2009, with the exception of my Jane Eyre example. I thought it was only proper to put Jane and Mr. Rochester together! Of course, they’re not looking at each other, which is a little weird. Mr Rochester was published in 2018.
Just seeing these together makes me want to read a few. Do you feel that way too? Here’s a full list of the books and their authors, in case you’re interested:
Sometimes I get a little confused when I’m browsing through books. I may be online or walking through the library or a book store. A cover catches my eye and I think, “Ooh, that looks good!” And then I pause, “Hmmm, that cover looks familiar. Haven’t I already read that one?”
Now I blame some of this confusion on my advancing age, but I get a little stubborn when I get an idea about something, so I did a little investigating. Look at the book covers below and tell me what you think. Don’t they look similar?
Who’s driving these trends? Are we, the readers, showing our preferences and the publishers are giving us what we want? Or is it the other way around? What do you think?
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