Weekly Geeks 2009-05: Cover Story

This week’s Weekly Geeks task is a fun one

Pick a book–any book, really–and search out multiple book cover images for that book. They could span a decade or two (or more)…Or they could span several countries. Which cover is your favorite? Which one is your least favorite? Which one best ‘captures’ what the book is about?

One of my favourite books of all time is Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I read it first as a teenager with this cover which is the original 1979 English/UK cover. Because I still have this copy of the book (although it’s falling apart due to over use) I will always associate this book with this cover, regardless of what other covers exist. The book is about a book that has those words printed on the cover in a pleasing way so I think it captures what the book is about too.  But I might be a teensy bit biased.

There are 102 editions of this book  listed at Good Reads (not counting occasions where it’s been included in anthologies with the four other books in the trilogy). While probably not the definitive list it offered a selection of covers, some of which appear below.

This German edition is typical of European editions which highlight darker elements of the story

This German edition is typical of European editions which highlight darker elements of the story

There arent many editions with the famous Dont Panic on the cover

There aren't many editions with the famous Don't Panic on the cover

I like this French cover although it emphasizes the sci-fi elements a bit more than is necessary

I like this French cover although it emphasizes the sci-fi elements a bit more than is necessary

This is a mid 90s American edition and, although pretty, Ive no idea what it is trying to represent

This is a mid 90's American edition and, although pretty, I've no idea what it is trying to represent

A movie in 2005 was cause for a new eidtion with a vague tie-in to the film

Release of a movie in 2005 was cause for a new eidtion with a vague tie-in to the film

Lots of editions use the thumb front and cetnre

Lots of editions use the thumb front and cetnre

This Italian edition does pick up on a story element but the placement of the title spoils the cover art IMHO

This Italian edition does pick up on a story element but the placement of the title spoils the cover art IMHO

Adams originally wrote the story as a radio drama for the BBC so there are lots of audio versions, this one picks up on several story elements

Adams originally wrote the story as a radio drama for the BBC so there are lots of audio versions, this one picks up on several story elements

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17 Responses to Weekly Geeks 2009-05: Cover Story

  1. Like the interesting covers!

    Covered!

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  2. Vasilly says:

    I love this book! I read it for the first time last month. I like your cover best!

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  3. Lightheaded says:

    Yay, I have that same cover! Although I have the trade paperback versions of the succeeding books in the “trilogy”

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  4. bookworm says:

    fun covers, I need to read this one, I have heard good things!

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  5. Erika Lynn says:

    this was a great choice. i like the Italian edition.

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  6. claire says:

    I like the Italian cover, the black one with the toaster. 🙂

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  7. bernadetteinoz says:

    I must admit I like Italian one too because it picks up on the humour of the book more than the sci-fi elements (and I always think of it as funny first) – I just wish they hadn’t stuck that title block right there.

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  8. Kerrie says:

    Some interesting ones here. I think I like the German one

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  9. Dorte H says:

    Great exhibition!
    I think my brother owns the one with the blue film cover.

    My book is so new that I could only find five covers 😦

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  10. jo says:

    I’ve got the first one too and I think its still my favourite. I do like the Italian one though.

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  11. I like the one that says “Don’t Panic”.

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  12. I was going through my old boxes of books and discovered all my old douglas adams books. I like all the covers you have, but I think the one I read was the one with the thumb. Great job.

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  13. Frances says:

    I agree with you that the title placement on the Italian cover ruins it. It would have been very appealing and appropriate otherwise. Interesting post!

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  14. According to Wikipedia, the mid-90s cover represents a game Douglas Adams created (called ’42’). It looks a lot like MasterMind to me.

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  15. bernadetteinoz says:

    Thanks abbot…I didn’t even think to check there.

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  16. Maree says:

    Great covers! My brother had the first one, and I have the film tie-in edition. Great book _ I must dig it out …

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  17. Linda says:

    I have one with the thumb. Excellent choice!

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