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Bloomsbury repackages Harry Potter

Bloomsbury is to rejacket all seven of J K Rowling's Harry Potter novels with a release date scheduled for this November.

The new "Signature" livery was created by Webb and Webb Design Limited, with illustrations by linocut artist Clare Melinsky on the front cover, back cover and spine, to "appeal to the next generation of readers who did not 'grow up' with Harry Potter and who have not yet experienced the thrill of life at Hogwarts", according to the publisher.

Melinsky said: "I was delighted and excited to be asked to illustrate the covers for such massively famous books—and seven of them! It was top secret for the best part of a year."

The rejacketed titles will be available exclusively in paperback format, with a publication date of 1st November 2010.

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Is that the cover? It looks like Twilight. I don't like it. And the colours are hideous. The current covers are brilliant and they will appeal to future generations I am sure.

WHY ?

Trotter, I think everyone is entitled to their opinion, but how can you say the books are "badly written" or "written by numbers" if you've never even READ them? You make yourself look very stupid (or stoopid, as you prefer) by saying that. Some of her plot twists were quite brilliant, in my opinion, but if you choose to actually read the books then you can form any opinion you want.

As to the new covers, I actually think they look more old-fashioned than modern (so as to appeal to a new generation). I'm not sure I like it either.

OMG... they look like 20th century romanian Communist propaganda covers. I loooooooove the books and was planing to buy the special edition this summer, but these covers are hideous. The only thing I like about them is the font for Harry Potter. The colours are fake, mismatched and adding the layout the books just look like they were written in the '70s (except for the font). Books 2, 4 and 5 look especially ridiculous. I do not know the person who designed them is but their esthetic sense is poor... I'm sorry for being so blunt but I like the books to much to just stay here and watch them get vandalized like this. Peace from Romania( land of dragons :P)

They look quite 'budget', not so lavish as the first set of covers. But why? There are some fabulous designers out there.

Yeah, if that's the cover I don't like it. The current Harry Potter covers are timeless.

Why is this happening!? :'(

No offense to the new designer, she should be thrilled! but I just love the books the way they are NOW.

Whatever happened to never judging a book by its cover?

On the contrary, you should always judge a book by its cover. It'll be on your shelves for the rest of your life. You wouldn't hang a painting that you loathed on your wall.

Why? Have the people at Bloomsbury got nothing better to do with their time?
Won't be stocking them, kids certainly won't like the new jackets, and adults have read the lot already. Waste of time and money and I bet they're FIRM SALE too!

I, Mr Faruk, suspect someone somewhere is trying to flog more of this old codswallop on the back of the latest movie release.
If there is a movie out this year, of course... if not, then someone somewhere must have just received a very large bill that needs paying. I can't think of any other reason to repackage these for the third time!
A pox on all involved!

Hideous covers! As my compatriot Dragoş said, the colours are dull, and the design lacks everithing from a spark of inspiration, to a good knowledge of picture composition. Shame on Bloomsbury ! I wanted to buy the books for my daughter... but with these new ugly covers, no way !

Is that the cover? It looks like Twilight. I don't like it. And the colours are hideous. The current covers are brilliant and they will appeal to future generations I am sure.

WHY ?

Trotter, I think everyone is entitled to their opinion, but how can you say the books are "badly written" or "written by numbers" if you've never even READ them? You make yourself look very stupid (or stoopid, as you prefer) by saying that. Some of her plot twists were quite brilliant, in my opinion, but if you choose to actually read the books then you can form any opinion you want.

As to the new covers, I actually think they look more old-fashioned than modern (so as to appeal to a new generation). I'm not sure I like it either.

OMG... they look like 20th century romanian Communist propaganda covers. I loooooooove the books and was planing to buy the special edition this summer, but these covers are hideous. The only thing I like about them is the font for Harry Potter. The colours are fake, mismatched and adding the layout the books just look like they were written in the '70s (except for the font). Books 2, 4 and 5 look especially ridiculous. I do not know the person who designed them is but their esthetic sense is poor... I'm sorry for being so blunt but I like the books to much to just stay here and watch them get vandalized like this. Peace from Romania( land of dragons :P)

They look quite 'budget', not so lavish as the first set of covers. But why? There are some fabulous designers out there.

Yeah, if that's the cover I don't like it. The current Harry Potter covers are timeless.

Why is this happening!? :'(

No offense to the new designer, she should be thrilled! but I just love the books the way they are NOW.

Whatever happened to never judging a book by its cover?

On the contrary, you should always judge a book by its cover. It'll be on your shelves for the rest of your life. You wouldn't hang a painting that you loathed on your wall.

Why? Have the people at Bloomsbury got nothing better to do with their time?
Won't be stocking them, kids certainly won't like the new jackets, and adults have read the lot already. Waste of time and money and I bet they're FIRM SALE too!

I, Mr Faruk, suspect someone somewhere is trying to flog more of this old codswallop on the back of the latest movie release.
If there is a movie out this year, of course... if not, then someone somewhere must have just received a very large bill that needs paying. I can't think of any other reason to repackage these for the third time!
A pox on all involved!

Hideous covers! As my compatriot Dragoş said, the colours are dull, and the design lacks everithing from a spark of inspiration, to a good knowledge of picture composition. Shame on Bloomsbury ! I wanted to buy the books for my daughter... but with these new ugly covers, no way !