Bloomsbury to Repackage Harry Potter Novels with 'Signature' Edition Covers
March 30, 2010, 10:28 AM
This Fall, UK Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury will be repackaging the seven Harry Potter novels with new Signature Edition covers, the Bookseller reports. High Res photos of these signature edition covers for the Harry Potter series can be found right here in our image galleries.
Set to be published on November 1, these editions will be available exclusively in paperback format and are aimed to "appeal to the next generation of readers who did not 'grow up' with Harry Potter and who have not yet experienced the thrill of life at Hogwarts." Illustrations for the seven signature editions are the work of inocut artist Clare Melinsky, who is quoted as saying:
"I was delighted and excited to be asked to illustrate the covers for such massively famous books—and seven of them! It was top secret for the best part of a year."
If they are appealing to the next generation they should be more exciting! Like the ones they have now are fine with me! They were what attracted my attention when I was little.
I really like the covers, they don’t have the same sort of adventurous feel as the original covers, but they are still very pretty.
I want to defend the title font, at least: it’s Harry’s handwriting, isn’t it? It looks really similar to his handwriting in Fantastic Beasts. I know it’s not the signature font with the lightening bolt, but if they were going to use something different I think that Harry’s handwriting is a cool alternative.
I have to agree with everyone else. When I saw this last night I was thinking ‘Oh great, Bloomsbury wants me to go broke’. But then I saw the covers and quickly changed my mind. They don’t do anything for me at all.
On the other hand, I have been meaning to get myself a third set to take on the train and such that I can be less careful with. This could be the set to do it with. lol
Hmm.. Look kind of ordinary..
Atleast its a great book :D
i think the biggest problem is the amount of white space, I feel as if the overall design is at fault. If the illustrations were a bigger part of the cover they might make more impact. Looking at the picture of the Deathly Hallows cover illustration at the top of the news post, it looks much nicer than it does on the actual cover with the title and I am sure it is because it makes more of an impression when not surrounded by acres of white.
These are for us UK-ers remember, and we’ve never had the Harry Potter – lightning design thing on ours books here Lunaspecs.
It’s hard to believe they are repackaging these books ALREADY! Wow. I haven’t seen them yet … going to look now.
Okay, I agree with Artemis1979 … I like the title font because it looks like Harry’s signature. And as far as the artwork — well, it is definitely different, but it sounds like that was the idea! (The only one I don’t “get” is OoP.)
It makes it look like a classical book, that’s what I like about it. But they’re really missing out on some points. I just don’t know where.
it’s not really Potter… I know this might sound a bit stupid, but they remind me more of chocolate wrappers than harry potter book covers!! I think Mary GrandPre did a better job. but at least she put in the effort.
Eh, the art is quite boring, and the white background surely doesn’t help. It just doesn’t seem to catch the right Harry Potter atmosphere.
Also, am I the only one to find it… odd, that they choose a white background, whereas the Twilight books have a black one? I might not like these artworks, yet I can’t help giving them some credit for the subtlety here. ;P
I agree with whoever said at least it’s a great book lol. But, the problem in my opinion is, they’re aiming these new books at people that dont know HP. I just dont find these covers exciting or intriguing or anything. But, I also agree with Moglet that, it’s the design that doesnt help because it’s like a tiny little illustration on a white cover. If the illustration filled the front cover it likely would look a lot better or, if there was something else on the cover to frame the illustration. But, it’s just stuck there in the middle of nothing.