After the first volume of Spice & Wolf was released by Yen Press, along with their ugly cover, and poor attempts at providing fans with slip covers with the original artwork, I pretty much ignored what Yen Press was doing with regards to volume 2. But recent discussions on the AnimeSuki Forums has brought to my attention Yen Press has finally decided to do what they should have done in the first place.
In a Twitter post on March 11th, Yen Press responded to a question by @minirop asking what Yen Press’ future plans were for the cover of Spice & Wolf Vol.2. Would they do the same thing as with Vol.1 or would they change it up this time around. Yen Press responded by stating “the plan currently is to jacket the second volume and print the original art on the cover.” I presume that means that the cover of the book will have the original artwork, and the jacket will be the artwork Yen Press feels is required to better sell their book.
If the reverse is true, it’s still a step in the right direction for Yen Press. While the previous book was also to receive the slip cover treatment, this only ended up being true from one distributor, RightStuf. If Yen Press ships all books with the slip cover I will be a much happier fan. Personally though, I tend not to like slip covers while reading, as they often move and I find it annoying. I would like to be able to remove the slip cover and display the original artwork rather than the opposite. Hopefully Yen Press follows through with this plan.