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In last week’s FridayFive, I recommended Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London. But some readers wrote back to say they had trouble finding it because in the States it not only has a different title, but a different cover as well.

I know from buying both versions of the Harry Potter books that this is a “thing”. My question is, does it work? So for today’s Friday Five Challenge, I’m departing from the usual format to take a poll.

This week, you make the buy/pass decision. Based solely on the covers above, which would you buy and which would be a pass for each pair of covers?


Inferno, US cover on left, UK on right [image credit: August Wainwright] http://augustwainwright.com/us-vs-uk-book-covers/

[image credit: August Wainwright]


Here is Rosie’s Friday Five Challenge. It only took five minutes and a couple more to write up, and was a ton of fun. I hope you’ll consider joining in. All Rosie asks is that you link back to her original post here so we can all join in viewing your challenge results.

AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?

Rosie Amber's Friday Five Challenge. Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.

Rosie Amber’s Friday Five Challenge. Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.

My Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….

  1. Go to any online book supplier,
  2. Randomly choose a category,
  3. Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,
  4. Read the book Bio/ Description for this book, and any other details.
  5. If there are reviews, check out a couple,
  6. Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?
  7. I’ll be back next week with another Friday Five Challenge, do feel free to join in.