I’m not here to talk about cover changes – I’m pretty sure that there are at least ten posts out there talking about cover changes and how much it’s a big no-no in most cases. I’m here to talk about the texture of book covers and the material the book cover is made out of and what my preferences are.
I don’t like it when covers are made with a matte finish and I bet most of you will agree with me after seeing my reasons. Sure, books with a matte finish are soft and pretty, but is it really worth the pain of having them? For those of you who don’t know what a matte finish is, it’s pretty hard to describe what exactly the texture is, so I’ll just give you guys a bunch of examples. From the top of my head, Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge has a matte finish and so does the popular Anna and the French Kiss series (not the hardbacks of Anna or Lola though) by Stephanie Perkins. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin and its predecessor, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, also has a matte finish. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black, and The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz also has a matte finish. I can go on and on.
Problem number one with matte covers: It collects dust easily. When I stack my books up in a pile on my bookshelf, the first book in the pile can’t be a book with a matte finish because dust will collect up on the cover asap and grossly stick on. I’ve experienced this time and time again. The only way to remove the dust from the matte cover will be to take a wet cloth and wipe the cover with it, then drying the cover with a tissue.
Problem number two with matte covers: Stickers are a HUGE no-no on them. The latest example most of you can relate to is Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. I’m pretty sure you guys have heard of the pre-order campaign for Isla and the Happily Ever After where you can get a signed copy of Isla, three buttons, and stickers for your pre-order. Well, the signed copy of Isla also came with a “Signed Copy” sticker on the matte cover. If you try to remove the “Signed Copy” sticker from the matte cover, it will leave A TON of sticky residue, residue that is also very hard and annoying to get off. That’s why I just left my sticker alone on my copy of Isla rather than risk taking it off and have a sticky cover.
Also, I hate it when the material of a book changes from book to book when the books are in the same series. My latest example is C.J. Redwine’s Defiance series. Both the covers of Defiance and Deception is made with a nice foil-like finish, making the cover shine in its own right. Deliverance, meanwhile, doesn’t have the nice foil-like finish and is just like any other non-matte hardcover book out there with a normal cover. It’s really disappointing when this happens.
What about you guys? Are you annoyed with book covers with a matte finish too? Do you also hate it when book textures change when the books are in the same series? I want to know!