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Old March 22 2014, 12:17 AM   #16
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Re: The German Bookshelf

My haphazard collection doesn't look anywhere near as nice on my shelf.
My Deep Space Nine and Enterprise sections have a few oversized books that just add to untidiness.
That said I'm just happy to have tracked the majority of the Relaunched Trek books down.
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Old March 22 2014, 12:34 AM   #17
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That German collection is definitely a lot nicer looking than my American release collection. I agree that it would be nice if the American covers were so uniform. I'm just glad they are sticking with the same cover style for the Titan books.
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Old March 22 2014, 03:07 AM   #18
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A few things to remember/consider. The first original novel from Pocket was "The Entropy Effect", which had a white spine to go alongside the US novelization of TMP, but the next few novels all had blue spines. Very consistent for a while. A rerelease of "The Entropy Effect" ended up with a blue spine but, by then, a few novels were popping up with a distinctly different colour spines/covers. Cover/spine design is all about catching the attention of the casual browser. I was quite excited about the arrival of the green-spined "Black Fire", for example, after a long drought between original novels. When the colours began to change regularly, it was a bit disappointing when they slipped back to a blue one.

To keep spine designs consistent in a very long-running series creates the problem that designs can look out-of-fashion with new non-Trek books being produced, and which might attract the casual browser. Dedicated Trek fans are going to buy the books no matter the spine design. Spine design becomes very important in high-turnover shops that can't afford the luxury of "cover out" displays.

The German-translation novels are made for a small, discerning group of fans, so consistency is more controllable, not fighting the same market forces as US MMPBs, and would have a more relaxed production cycle that permits the German designer at Cross Cult to maintain consistency. They also have the benefit of hearing the critiques of each US cover, and can respond to them with "better" alternatives if they desire.


Ensign Janos the Mugato by Therin of Andor, on Flickr

I really, really appreciate the German version of "New Frontier" featuring Janos (above). I love it! (But I much prefer Pocket's Calhoun, as played by Keith Birdsong's handsome neighbour, to the German guy.)

I've also bought the German "Andor: Paradigm" and "Paths of Disharmony", with altered Shar artwork, and can't wait for:


Cross Cult's German cover of Titan: Fallen Gods by Therin of Andor, on Flickr
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Old March 22 2014, 08:12 AM   #19
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^ Objection! You've chosen for your example one of the few series where the American covers are superior to the German ones!

That was one reason why I chose it to be honest, because I think Cross Cult doesn't have a much higher hit ration than Pocket to be honest.

And for consistency I assume it also helps that practically all covers are made by the same guy.

BTW I did a little article about the German covers a couple of months ago for the G&T Show website: http://www.gandtshow.com/?p=3016
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Old March 22 2014, 01:38 PM   #20
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BTW I did a little article about the German covers a couple of months ago for the G&T Show website: http://www.gandtshow.com/?p=3016
That's an excellent overview and I really enjoyed the gallery. There were several covers in there that I had never seen. Thanks!
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Old March 22 2014, 02:10 PM   #21
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As a German who hates the translations and doesn't own a single German Trek novel, I have to say, these covers look awesome.

I only recently saw them back to back for the first time at a local comic book store.
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Old March 22 2014, 02:18 PM   #22
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It's funny that they do their own covers. Wouldn't Pocket Books just send them the covers? It would be cheaper for them, too.
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Old March 22 2014, 03:55 PM   #23
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Ooooh. Well done on the "Fallen Gods" German cover there!
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Old March 22 2014, 04:09 PM   #24
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And this is the final version:

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Old March 22 2014, 04:55 PM   #25
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Wowee that bookshelf looks very nice. Curious, what's the big fat one, 3rd on the top?
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Old March 22 2014, 05:06 PM   #26
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Wowee that bookshelf looks very nice. Curious, what's the big fat one, 3rd on the top?
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Old March 22 2014, 05:10 PM   #27
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Wowee that bookshelf looks very nice. Curious, what's the big fat one, 3rd on the top?
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Ah. I had guessed that. Although, my copy isn't nearly as fat. The German version must have bigger print.
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Old March 22 2014, 05:23 PM   #28
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^ If I remember correctly Marco Palmieri did everything to keep the book at the usual price, so the print was rather small, the paper thinner than usual etc. Cross Cult on the other hand sold the book at a higher price.
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Old March 22 2014, 09:21 PM   #29
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It's funny that they do their own covers. Wouldn't Pocket Books just send them the covers? It would be cheaper for them, too.
They do use the original covers a lot; I assume it just comes down to what they think of the originals.
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Old March 22 2014, 10:42 PM   #30
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I assume it just comes down to what they think of the originals.
Yeah, that's pretty much what they said in posts on their forum IIRC.

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