Book Cover Friday: Music of The Deep

Hi, SE Readers. Joan here today for this month’s Book Cover Friday. This time I The Music of the Deep by Elizabeth Hall (no relation). It was my first time to read this author, but the title and the cover drew me in.

However, when searching for a graphic to use for this post, the eBook version was small, so I looked for other editions. The paperback version gave me the size I wanted, but then I noticed differences. Let’s look.

First, is the eBook cover. Notice the clarity and brightness. The contrasting color used in the title makes text stands out.

To me the fog enhances the appeal of the cover, even though it causes part of the text to appear a bit blurry.  But that’s the effect the author was going for. Immediately, I think of something ghostly or sinister.

The author’s name is done in a different font and color but is easily visible.  We know from the text beneath her name she is a bestselling author and it lists the name of the book.

Now, let’s take a look at the paperback version. For purposes of this post, I decided to make the image smaller than originally intended, but you can see the differences. Notice the colors aren’t as vivid, and the image isn’t as clear.  The color used in the title is almost dull and the author’s credentials aren’t as easy to read.

Doesn’t look as appealing, does it?

To be fair, it could be the way the image appears electronically. The actual paperback may be more like the eBook version.

After seeing the differences in the two images, I decided to look at the audio version. The colors are similar to the eBook, brighter and in my opinion, more appealing.

Whether the slight color changes are intentional or just a matter of viewing the images electronically, I can’t say.  I do know that as a reader, I found the eBook and audio book covers more appealing.

What do you think? Do you like the slight color differences? If so, which do you like best?

35 thoughts on “Book Cover Friday: Music of The Deep

  1. I agree with you and everyone else, Joan. The colors are much more appealing on the eBook and Audio version. I don’t like anything blurry very much, I’m afraid. (I have enough of that going on with my vision that I don’t need to be trying to figure out if it’s me or the book.) However, I do like “of the” on separate lines, because it forms stair steps into the deep, 1, 2, 3. That works for me, and I’d like to think that was intentional.

    These cover posts are fun and instructional, Joan. I always enjoy them. 🙂


    • Marcia, I’m with you on the vision. I need everything as clear as possible. I like how you pointed out the stair steps – I never thought of it that way. Glad you enjoy the book cover posts.


  2. I agree with the other comments that the ebook cover’s colours are more attractive. I think the design would look better if the words “of the” were in italics and on the same line. The subtitle “a novel” could go below “deep,” but it might be more interesting to put it into that misty area.

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  3. You’re so right. That cyan filter made all the difference. The title pops on the eBook and audiobook, but the whole thing is flat (and a little muddy) on the paperback. I’m not sure why the publisher did that. Maybe they’re A/B testing, but I wouldn’t think you would do that across versions.

    And you’re not the only one with old eyes!

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  4. Like you, I prefer the electronic covers by far. As you say, the paperback is dull and not so easy to read … my preference could just be down to old eyes, lol. Thanks for sharing, Joan 🙂

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