Do you end up purchasing multiple copies of books with new covers? So, if a book cover for a series changes (like all the Harry Potter changes, and the movie tie-in editions to all those YA books lately), do you end up buying the books again with the new covers?
Nope. I’m more of a buy once and be done kind of gal. I don’t like having more than one physical copy of a book or series, though I do sometimes end up with a physical and electronic copy of some books. It kind of cracks me up when people complain that a series got new covers and now they have to go out and buy a whole new set. Why? How much shelf space can someone possibly have to justify displaying several copies of the same series? I get collecting, but having 5 different types of Harry Potter books is a bit much in my opinion (an example that would upset someone in one of the book clubs I’m in for sure).
I do have books with mismatched covers on my library shelves and it does not bother me in the slightest. Some of my books are shorter than others, and some others are in paperback while others are in hardback – that still doesn’t bother me too much. I like to have the series together, but if the books themselves ended up varying over time depending on what the covers looked like when I got them, well, that’s part of collecting.
I agree with Julie on this topic. I have been known to buy a book more than once, but more due to the hey this looks good factor, to only get home and realize of course it’s good. I already read it. This happened much more frequently before Goodreads.
I read this interesting article recently that did point out:
Every generation is a new generation that has not read Shakespeare.
New book covers, I think, are more to entice new readers. I don’t know if I could justify buying a whole new set of books simply because of the new covers. At least not until I’ve won the lottery and have unlimited funds and space.