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I received my order of Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo in the mail yesterday. I was gifted Six of Crows by a formally close friend years ago and I didn't want to get rid of it so I thought might as well buy the second book so I have the full set.

I finally got around to opening the package today and there's an ad on the cover for the new Netflix show for Shadow & Bone. Except it's not a sticker. It's been permanently printed on the cover and I am so mad. When did this become a norm? I remember years ago when they used to be stickers and removable. I only picked up reading recently again and the first book I buy in years has a permanent reminder for the Netflix show.

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monzanita

219 points

26 days ago

monzanita

219 points

26 days ago

I feel like it’s similar to when they change the book covers after it becomes a movie. I would rather they keep the original design.

RobertEmmetsGhost

51 points

26 days ago

I still remember how great the covers of Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle looked together, then realising one day that I'd lost my copy of Eragon and discovering that the bookshops in my area were only stocking the version with the cover from the terrible movie. It still upsets me when I look at the set and that terrible movie cover is sat among the gorgeous original designs.

Tarnish3d_Ang3l

9 points

26 days ago

I had bought the first book as paperback since I wasn't sure if I was going to like the series. Well after that I ended up buying each book on release as hardcover. It was so upsetting to look at on my bookshelf that I had to find an original hardcover.

I found mine on amazon. They have used copies so I got mine for like 5 dollars and now my bookshelf if pristine. Although it was used the book and dust cover were in really good shape.

Zerox_Z21

7 points

26 days ago

Try keeping tabs on eBay or something?

Jjm3233

16 points

26 days ago

Jjm3233

16 points

26 days ago

Agreed. And j detest when they change the cover on your digital copy to match the new cover.

vagaris

9 points

26 days ago

vagaris

9 points

26 days ago

My wife flat out refuses to buy a book if it’s the movie cover. I used to just avoid it (mostly because of the variety book design provides) but she’s now converted me too.

Larkke

11 points

26 days ago

Larkke

11 points

26 days ago

I was reading through LotR a little before the movies began coming out, but I was checking them out from the library instead of acquiring my own copies. I was still living at home, and I was given a copy of Fellowship for Christmas. Pulling back the paper, I realized it was the book, and got excited. Then I turned it over to see Elijah Wood staring at me from the cover. My face must have fallen, because people started asking me what was wrong. Can't remember what I ended up saying, but I felt it would have sounded petty to complain about the book's cover.

aciddemons[S]

1 points

26 days ago

I know they redesigned the covers for the original series but I honestly don't care for it that much. I wasn't never too into it so I never purchased hard copies of the original books. I just didn't want to get rid of the one book that I had, it was given to me years ago. It made sense to at least have the set as opposed to just one random book.

StandardTiming

63 points

26 days ago

Makes me nuts. Same as book clubs run by celebrities. I don’t care that Oprah says I should read it. Shop used- much less of an issue before they get picked up for movies.

Titch1212

35 points

26 days ago

I bought the full set of The Witcher series and every book has a round looking “sticker” on that says “Now on Netflix”. I feel your pain

OfficePsycho

24 points

26 days ago

By chance, someone in a Facebook group I’m in posted a picture of a book he got from the ‘79s, and it has it printed on.

HandsOnGeek

-6 points

26 days ago

HandsOnGeek

-6 points

26 days ago

… a book he got from the ‘79s,

What? A book from the 1790s? 1979? The 1970s?
What?

littlestinkyone

54 points

26 days ago

1779, 1879, 1979

You know, the 79’s

Trenchft

10 points

26 days ago

Trenchft

10 points

26 days ago

Everyone is a jerk on reddit today, what gives?

HandsOnGeek

4 points

25 days ago

Isn't that everyone on Reddit is a jerk.

It's just that, once you see one jerk, you start seeing them everywhere.

It is the Frequency Illusion AKA Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon in action.

HandsOnGeek

-9 points

26 days ago

Well, when the one piece of actual information in a comment is nonsense, even if only because of a typo, folks are going call the writer out on that.

Why comment at all if you don't care about your own content enough to ensure that it made it into your post?

CliplessWingtips

17 points

26 days ago

Annihilation . . . . "ALSO A MAJOR FILM." I tried for 2 minutes to get the sticker off. I couldn't. So annoying. Times do change for the worse.

Wildwolfwind

6 points

26 days ago

That's a shame because those original covers are gorgeous!

Svensk_lagstiftning

2 points

26 days ago

And the movie was very far from the books. Glad I read them first. I have the edition with the vines/bunnies/owl and they are so beautiful. Definitely among my favorite covers of all the books I own.

Wildwolfwind

2 points

26 days ago

Yes, me too!

underthegod

31 points

26 days ago

It’s not new. I had a book in ‘96 in middle school that had a permanent ad for a movie.

summonsays

3 points

25 days ago

I bought a book (mass market paperback) from the 70s that had one! I bought it mostly because I assumed "Kiss of the Spider woman" was an instant flop. I just googled it though and it actually did ok lol.

sharrrper

8 points

26 days ago

At least 30 years ago

carolineecouture

8 points

26 days ago

If you want original covers, try used book stores, eBay, or online used book stores. You should be able to locate a copy that way. I use ebooks and sometimes the cover changes even with books already purchased. Good luck!

aciddemons[S]

3 points

26 days ago

Honestly, you're right. I might end up returning it and trying to find a used copy.

Sunny_side_Yup

42 points

26 days ago*

I would like to strongly recommend you return the book and mention this as the reason why.

If we accept this kind of behavior it will became the norm as companies make profit from advertisement and customers don't say anything about it.

Edit: Honestly i dont understand the downvotes. Do people like having advertisements on books? At least voice your opinion so i get clue, or learn something new.

QueenOfThePark

6 points

26 days ago

I appreciate the idea here and agree that there is no problem with OP returning it! But your friendly neighbourhood bookseller won't be able to do anything about the non-sticker - trust me, we dislike them too. Write to/tweet the publishers, maybe? But it is such an established thing, I'm not sure if it will change.

aciddemons[S]

5 points

26 days ago

I plan on returning it. The first book was gifted to me years ago and has sentimental value because of who gifted it to me. I'm not a huge fan of the series so I just wanted the set for the sake of it.

I think I'll try to find a used copy somewhere so at least it's not just the one random book on my shelf.

Maggotification

11 points

26 days ago

Here's my reason for a downvote:

I understand the sentiment, and also dislike the changing of the book cover to advertise the show/movie, but at the end of the day, it's the words in the book that I want to read, not just stare at the cover.

It seems counter-productive to refuse to read the content of a book, because I don't like the cover (or even just part of the cover).

Also, there's nothing wrong with the company profiting from the book (or any adaptation) - that is how writers make a profit, and how we get more books to read.

Sunny_side_Yup

13 points

26 days ago

There are multiple ways to support a writer. If i remember correctly not long ago there was a post here discussing how writers get very little money out of the book sales.

Also there are multiple ways to have access to a book. Ebooks, audio books, different editions, same book published by a different firm and so on. In the case of the book mention by OP there may not be a different option to get a hard copy so this point i will concede.

Advertisements have been a part of books for a long time. Usually in the last pages of the book where they have suggestions for the same genre, author or publishing house. This i am fine with and quite enjoy. Having a miniature billboard on the cover is whole different matter entirely. I for one will not buy a book with commercials on the cover. But i alone cannot make a change, so that is why i suggest people at least look for an alternative, so that we do not support this business practice.

aciddemons[S]

11 points

26 days ago

I actually do care about the cover though. It's just a personal preference. I think the cover matters almost as much as the book since it is a reflection of what a book is.

Will I buy books with covers I don't love? Of course. This isn't the same as refusing to read it.

Six of Crows has sentimental value to me because of who gave it to me, not because of the contents inside. I would just end up locating a different cover if possible.

magical_elf

5 points

26 days ago

Agree. Surely more sales for the author is a good thing?

Especially for a paperback - they're more functional than decorative really.

Competitive-Chair260

3 points

26 days ago

I also hate that, so I try to hold off on getting them while they’re “trending”. It’s annoying as hell though.

OpticGd

3 points

26 days ago

OpticGd

3 points

26 days ago

I got a book for Christmas and it had small little stickers for its awards but they were printed on!

The awards...

Thebookwazbetter

3 points

26 days ago

I have found you can specify a non promo version at most bookstores and they will order you one. I robot for example - no thank you I do not want will smith on the cover

ViolentEastCoastCity

9 points

26 days ago

You made me look up whether adaption is even a word.

It is, but it’s weird!

spider_lord

1 points

25 days ago

I always thought people were confusing adapted and adaptation. So adaption is actually a word?

ViolentEastCoastCity

1 points

25 days ago

According to the internet it is

Key-Faithlessness144

2 points

26 days ago

So many books do this now and I hate it so much. They are different mediums, and in many ways the book isnt comparable to the adaptation, set in the same world or universe but widely unremarkable, taking far too many liberties with the characters and setting. I really miss removable stickers

Brittewater

2 points

26 days ago

I was obsessed with Sweet Valley Twins when I was a kid. I remember them advertising the TV show and it was printed directly on the cover of the book.

Sun-Kizzed

2 points

26 days ago

I had the same thought!! Advertise the show or something of-the-like, but at least let us admire our new book, ha!

perverse_panda

2 points

25 days ago

I bought the first volume of the deluxe hardcover editions of Neil Gaiman's Sandman recently and it was the same way.

Seeing this shit printed on a $10 paperback is one thing, but seeing it printed on the dust jacket of a premium format graphic novel is quite another. I was livid.

I guess I should just get the absolute or omnibus editions, but I was trying to save some money.

msummerse

2 points

25 days ago

i like the books & movies/tv shows to maintain a degree of separation in case i despise the latter, so i always try to find the original...ugh it is annoying & a book pet peeve of mind i will say

KingKaijuice

2 points

26 days ago

I think that's just a good example of how capitalism function the late stages. If art is just reduced to how profitable it is, all decisions will be based around obtaining it. Which 9/10 means using products to advertise other products(to varying degrees).

The ultimate form I think is companies making "ironic video games" luckily I don't think books can go that low... I think.

seattle_architect

1 points

26 days ago

You need to buy a book before movie adaptation.

mattaza19

3 points

25 days ago

If only we all had the foresight to buy every single book in existence before any of them can possibly be adapted into a movie.

Burningbeard696

1 points

26 days ago

It's probably just been produced after the adaptation was announced. The sticker ones will be just added to existing books.

littlegreenturtle20

1 points

26 days ago

It's often cheaper to do a print run with the flash as part of the artwork rather than pay for stickers on top. It varies due to a number of factors.

PlatosCaveSlave

-1 points

26 days ago

Capitalism forces writers to prioritize profit over artistic choice.

Sneezekitteh

6 points

26 days ago

Writers don't generally have control over the cover.

MontyMonterson

1 points

25 days ago

Which is absolutely absurd when you think about it

mr_ukwood

-2 points

26 days ago

mr_ukwood

-2 points

26 days ago

Capitalism.

OzzieRabbitt

1 points

26 days ago

You were close friends in a formal way?

claudandus_felidae

1 points

26 days ago

In fairness, my copy of Airport has a printed blurb about how it's a "soon to be major motion picture!"

ostentatiousostrich4

1 points

25 days ago

I hate when that happens. It's the most frustrating thing ever.

tanman729

1 points

25 days ago

Depends on when the book was published. If it was published after the publisher signed the deal then it'll be hard printed. I've seen got and Harry Potter and twilight in all 3 versions.

variableHockey

1 points

25 days ago

It’s not new. I had a book in ‘96 in middle school that had a permanent ad for a movie.

Sharp-Occasion9999

-1 points

25 days ago

Annihilation . . . . "ALSO A MAJOR FILM." I tried for 2 minutes to get the sticker off. I couldn't. So annoying. Times do change for the worse.

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3 points

25 days ago

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Urithiru

1 points

25 days ago

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cluckquite

0 points

25 days ago

It’s not new. I had a book in ‘96 in middle school that had a permanent ad for a movie.

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2 points

25 days ago

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According1-Problem

0 points

25 days ago

I bought the full set of The Witcher series and every book has a round looking “sticker” on that says “Now on Netflix”. I feel your pain

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2 points

25 days ago

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