Do US readers prefer a different cover to UK readers?

I ask myself this because when I recently put up my original cover for Carnival of Hope on, mainly visited by US readers and writers, to get opinions for the paperback cover (in order to do a Goodreads giveaway which is linked to below), the overwhelming opinion was that it was too plain and needed something else. Yet when I asked a similar CoH_Paperback_33%question about another of my covers on the UK site a few months ago, the overwhelming response was that the simplicity of my covers worked, and I really just needed to increase the text size so that the online thumbnails could be read more easily.

This has gotten me to thinking about what some friends said when they visited the US many years ago. The simplest way to explain the difference between the US and the UK, they said, was that the US was like television in colour, and the UK was in black and white. Hopefully we’ve gotten a little more colourful in the UK in the intervening years, but this cultural difference which they noticed may point to a difference in tastes for book covers.

I haven’t been able to find a suitable alternative paperback cover as yet, and in order to get on with the Goodreads giveaway of the book, I’ve decided to stick with the original cover for now.

There are 5 copies of Carnival of Hope up for grabs in the Goodreads competition giveaway, so enter the competition at if you’d like to win a copy.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Carnival of Hope by George  Hamilton

Carnival of Hope

by George Hamilton

Giveaway ends October 11, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win


About georgehamilton

George Hamilton likes to know what’s going on around the world, to delve into the customs and practices of different cultures, and this is often a feature of his novels. His tales are based on people's intense personal or family dramas, with major social or political events strongly impacting their story. In addition to World Literature, he also writes multi-genre novels which include: Historical, Suspense/Thriller, and Contemporary. He currently lives in London, England.
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