Monday, February 22, 2010

New Cover for Magic Under Glass

The U.S. cover of Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore sparked so much controversy over its "whitewashing" that Bloomsbury USA relented to pressure and reissued the book with a cover that reflects the character more accurately. While the original cover is lovely, it is obvious that the model is Caucasian and does not have the darker skin that Nimira is described to have in the novel.

Here is the original cover:


 Here is the new U.S. cover:


I think the new cover is absolutely beautiful and I am happy that Bloomsbury changed it. I hope that Bloomsbury will not continue to make this mistake in the future. I had hoped that after a similar problem with the cover of Liar by Justine Larbalestier that Bloomsbury would have learned their lesson. One can only hope this "whitewashing" mistake will not be repeated.

So what do you think of the cover? If you read the book, what did you think of it?

16 comments:

  1. Haha, I still like the British cover better! :P

    But the new American cover doesnt look as...well, CHEAP as the original. Like the font is more professional-looking and I don't know, it just looks like something you'd actually see in a bookstore :P

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  2. I LOVE it! I tweeted about it :) This is the first post I've seen of the new cover so thank you for showing this. I'll have to post about it. I haven't read the book yet but as a POC this book really attracts my attention. I'm going to have to buy it now :)

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  3. I like the design of the UK cover, but I (of course) don't like the whitewashing, and I agree that it looks a lot tackier than the American one. The American one is gorgeous!

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  4. Im half with Amelia, I like the new US cover, it looks more professional than the other one, a little less trashy (I haven't read it so I dont know if its trashy or not :-))

    I think its terrible thoguh that they would have a cover with a white girl when the character is not - we are in the 21st centruy now, when does this sort of thing come to an end?

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  5. I agree, British cover is still way better, but this is a much needed improvement. I hope this doesn't become a constant thing for Bloomsbury. :/

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  6. I haven't read it yet, but I like the new cover better. I hope the whitewashing ends as well.

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  7. I really loved this book and hope that the new cover will draw even more readers.

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  8. It's lovely! I like the newer version better. It has more depth and character. IMO anyway.

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  9. I think the new cover is absolutely lovely and a much better representation of the character within. That said, I was so engrossed in the story that I didn't even notice the inconsistency in the original cover.

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  10. I like the new cover too. I am really glad that the publishers actually listened to the criticism and responded. Maybe next time they will make sure they appropriately choose a cover that represents the book and its characters in the first place.

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  11. I adore the new cover. I havent read the book, but what i've heard the new cover fits the book better! :)

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  12. It's so nice to see the new cover!

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  13. I like the new font. It's much classier.

    There is something a little stiff about how she's holding the key that I find a little iritating. Nonetheless I'm glad they chanced it and personally think the new girl is prettier & the new cover is better. I don't really like the glowly blue font color on the first cover at all.

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