In The Armchair

Covers for Samit Basu’s Books

Posted in Books and Literature by Armchair Guy on September 5, 2008

I saw this cover for the German version of one of Samit Basu’s GameWorld books:

Compare with the Indian version:

While the Indian version is nice, the German one is much more evocative and appealing (although the glowering eyes do diminish it a bit). The German version immediately makes me wonder what the story is about. Whose castle is that? What quest is that rider on? Why does s/he have a hood? The Indian one is just all right, I look at it and flip to the next page.

I wonder why Indian publishers are lackadaisical about cover publicity? Surely they know that people do judge a book by its cover? I wouldn’t buy the argument that the Indian cover is more appealing to Indians, because I’m pretty sure it’s not.

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  1. rabhinder said, on November 23, 2008 at 6:36 am

    🙂 good point!
    first impression has to hit hard..

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