Publisher’s Weekly broke the news the Bloomsbury has decided to change the cover for Justine Larbalestier’s novel, Liar.
Based on my previous post, Judging a Book By Its Cover, it’s interesting that Bloomsbury invested money to change this book jacket and not keep the “whitewashed” cover.
I must say that I’m surprised that they chose to go with a similar cover. I thought that they would just go with maybe an abstract cover without a cover model.
Will this cover satisfy everyone? Probably not. But it is a major improvement from the original. Plus, I really want to read this book and now I can go into the bookstore and support Justine L. and not feel like I’ve condoned the decisions behind the original cover.
Will this automatically make all the other problems in publishing concerning these types of issues go away? No. But I think we are seeing a watershed moment here. Things CAN change. And for me, that’s GREAT progress. However, this also means we must be diligent and voice our displeasure over issues such as these.
You can go over and read the PW Article, A New Look for Liar.
Justine L. has also posted her thoughts on her blog post, The New Cover.