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."
I agree. The artwork isn’t very good. However, it’s a sign that Harry Potter is truly becoming a classic!
Wow, I’m not at all impressed by the artwork. It looks very . . . uninteresting. If I were in a book store looking for something to read (as an adult or child) I would never even pick this up. I think they would have done better to ask one of the original artists to redo all the covers, if they felt they really had to be redone. I liked some of the UK covers (have them on the audio book boxes with Stephen Fry). But I really prefer Mary Grand Pre anyway. And having one artist lends some consistency that the UK covers haven’t had. These new ones have the consistency of being by one artist, but they lack any of the magic of Harry Potter.
Umm… eew. That’s all I can say.
ugh. what the hell is wrong with the original ones?? i dont like these new ones
I dont think they do much to draw new readers in. They have this faux, bland, wannabe Ed Hardy look to them that I do not like. Nothing about them pops!.
Not a fan. They aren’t magical enough to capture the story.
Well, I love them. Props to the artist.
The covers seem really un-interesting to me..If I were in a book shop I probably wouldn’t look twice at them..most people are attracted to books because of their covers and the original covers are bright, colourful and interesting and made people look at them..but these are kind of dull and plain
Someone else earlier was mentioning that you shouldn’t judge a book by the cover but in reality this does often happen (which I believe someone else did point out). An attractive or quirky cover, and especially (though not exclusively) in the case of books intended to appeal to children a bit of colour and/or an illustration that promises a bit of excitement can really draw the eye. I have seen books with minimalistic covers sit on a book stand for days and the same book in a different edition with a more colourful or eye catching cover will be taken off the stand by a customer pretty quickly, and I’m talking about adults as well as children here. When promoting books within the library this happens time and time again, and people aren’t even having to spend money on these.
they don’t really express what we know for the next generation. not my cup of tea either— but they are a little catchy with the golden writing and white binding and all.
Get i get them in the US?
maybe this is some late april fool’s joke
I am glad to see that most of you do not like these covers either. When I first saw that there were going to be new covers, i was excited. However, that feeling quickly turned to indifference. I just don’t see how these new covers are going to appeal to a new generation of readers with their large amount of white space and unappealing design.
who ever did it…. take the advice of a girl whos parents met at art school: TOO MUCH WHITE, FILL IN THE BACKGROUND! very muggle-ish