RE: Judging a Book by it’s Cover

A while back Yen Press released the cover they would be using for their US release of Spice & Wolf Volume 1. I like many disliked this cover, a lot. Yen Press anticipating this reaction by those who already know and like the franchise, decided to have an alternate cover they would ‘gift’ with the release of the December issue of their magazine. This wasn’t a great solution in my mind, but it was something in the right direction though there were concerns that the cover wouldn’t fit in the magazine. It seems these concerns were well founded as can be seen above.

Despite Yen Press’ poor decisions I’ve not cancelled my order for the light novel, but my faith in Yen Press has been tested and the grades are not good. With the original announcement there was hope that the slip-cover would be alright, but all hope is lost now, even with Kurt Hassler’s mention of a possible upcoming announcement from nearly a month ago. Because even if it’s a re-release with a proper cover, that doesn’t change the fact I’ve already ordered the first.

Good job Yen Press… and a thanks to Itkatsu for pointing this out to me.

-Aka ( Horo)


  1. Lolicon_Kid says:

    Wow they really screwed up there with that.

  2. Rico-sama says:

    This is laughable. It was their choice to scrap the original cover in favor of something more “marketable”. Fine. But to go to the lengths to provide something extra for the fans (who are arguably the largest segment of people who will be buying this book) and fail this miserably in the execution is something I would’ve expected from TokyoPop not Yen Press.

    Please tell me that Yen has a separate arm for book publishing than they do for manga so I don’t have to worry about this kind of crap with my beloved Yotsuba&!.

    • Aka says:

      I can’t say I honestly know much about Yen Press. I’d only heard of them due to Spice and Wolf being licensed by them, and since then finding out other things.

      The manga they license is somewhat impressive as they don’t necessarily seem to take the safe route with some of them. I recently read some of Sundome and noticed Yen Press had licensed that, which shocked the heck out of me given the content.

      Yen Press may have just tried to do something new here, hopefully they wont in the future, or if they do, they do it right.

      • Rico-sama says:

        I quite like Yen Press’s manga works. Seem very faithful but what I really like is that they go the extra mile and use the original source files for their printing rather than copies. That’s a big plus for me because you get so much more gradient and line quality that way. So I’ve always envisioned them as a high caliber company, but to see them fail at such a simple thing…

        It’s neat to see them not take the safe route with some of their titles. I’m actually reading Sundome and quite enjoy it. Great…er…story?

        • Aka says:

          I think my biggest dislike for Sundome is pee. Seriously needs to be less, in fact, zero pee in it. But unfortunately there’s considerable amounts, gross. But I continue reading to figure out the female characters background.

  3. An says:

    that is exactly what i thought
    well said and i did the same thing u did too

  4. Serris says:

    Naturally, another failed attempt by Yenpress. GG.

    And to think they want to charge you MORE for an original cover. What a load of crock.

  5. Miette-chan says:

    This might sound shallow, but that “cover” is the sole reason I will not be picking up Spicy Wolf.

    Why didn’t they at least do it like what was done for the Haruhi novels? I might dislike the paper back versions, but I can always pick up the hardcovers with the original art work.

    • Aka says:

      Miette-chan, I don’t think it’s shallow at all. The cover is terrible and gives off entirely the wrong impression for the book.

      You may be interested to hear though that Yen Press has offered a bit of a solution. They’ll be offering the slip cover to online retailers who wish to participate. However there is currently no list available.

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  7. Guy says:

    Uhhh, the picture above doesn’t illustrate the magazine related problem. If it’s the issue that the fold lines are at the wrong places, yeah, but I don’t see the magazine size issue connection?