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message 1: by Dylan (last edited Aug 11, 2015 06:07PM) (new)

Dylan (dylandocx) I saw on the Knopf website that some of the (if not all, sooner or later) Vintage paperbacks are getting new designs, ones that all match the newly released Colorless Tsukuru paperback. Here are the ones that have been released so far:

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For me personally, I think these new ones look very "crowd-pleasing" and lack the uniqueness that initially drew my eye to the books in the first place and lead me to discover Murakami. (I am definitely happy that I finally bought all the ones I didn't have and couldn't get in hardcover. I would hate to only half of my collection match.)


What do you guys think of the covers?

Edit: I forgot to add this one:

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message 2: by Xian Xian (new)

Xian Xian (xianxian) The only one that looks decent is The Wind Up Bird Chronicle one. But it doesn't match the theme of the book... Why?


message 3: by Peter (new)

Peter Walker (walkerpeterj) | 5 comments Boring look! :(


message 4: by John (new)

John (johnred) | 48 comments They're better than those other minimalist covers that came out a while ago, but they still don't live up to the Chip Kidd covers. I wonder why they don't just keep using those? Probably some rights agreement issues.


message 5: by Dylan (new)

Dylan (dylandocx) John wrote: "They're better than those other minimalist covers that came out a while ago, but they still don't live up to the Chip Kidd covers. I wonder why they don't just keep using those? Probably some right..."

A rights issue seems like a plausible thing that caused the redesign--maybe the copyright on one or two of the artworks used reverted to its original owner, and instead of just redesigning those few, they chose the redesign them all to match the style of the new designer who did the Colorless Tsukuru. That or maybe John Gall (who does all the paperbacks, while Kidd does the hardcovers) just decided to not do Murakami covers anymore.

Either way, the covers are very lackluster when compared to the previous ones--but, I agree, better than the minimalist ones.


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