This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is all about book trends that we are tired of seeing in the publishing industry – and we could choose plot issues, character issues, book construction issues, etc. Since I would really like to do a discussion series on the book troupes, I decided to focus on issues with the actual physical books.
1. Cover changes mid-series: I like to my books to match. And, since buying books is for me as much about reading them as displaying them, it makes me super irritated when publishers change book covers in the middle of the series. Because I either have to rebuy new editions of books I already own, or look at a set of books that don’t match.
2. Non-floppy paperbacks: I hate breaking the spines on my paperback books because once I’m done reading them, I still want them to look nice on my shelves. However, that is really difficult to do if you can barely open the book because the binding is so tight. So I really, really love huge floppy paperback books.
3. Real people on book covers: I know, I know. You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But, still – covers don’t have to be ugly. And there is nothing wrong with wanting your books to be beautiful so that you can display them. So why in the world do publishers insist on putting actual people on the covers of books? Even if the book is amazing, people are going to pass it by because they assume the story inside the book will be as cheesy as the picture on the outside.
4. “Now a major motion picture”: I love when books are adapted into movies and TV shows. And, I totally understand the importance of advertising and getting the word out. But, I hate it when they print on the covers about adaptations. A sticker I can peel off? Totally cool. But please don’t ruin my beautiful cover with your advertising.
5. Books in a series not being numbered: I actively avoid spoilers for books series I want to read. So, I get really frustrated when I pick up a book, read the synopsis, and don’t realize that is actually book 3 instead of book 2 and spoil something for myself. If it was up to me, all series books would be numbered on the spine for easy identification.
So those are some of the issues i have with physical books – what about you? Are there certain trends in the publishing industry that put you off?