Reviewing the differences between UK and US versions of books shattered my pre-conceptions of design preferences from both sides of the Atlantic. I was biased in assuming British design would shine through, but was astounded to find that in an online article by magazine The Millions, a side-by-side comparison revealed that often the US cover appeared more successful and fully realised. Though the UK versions are perhaps more experimental and varied, I feel many lack a stylish finish.
Though knowledge of the contents of the texts does contribute to deciding on how successful a book’s cover is in conveying its story, it is easy to compare the design from both an artist and consumer perspective.
Below you can see the US versions to the left of the UK versions: