My Man Booker longlist pile is a mix of covers from both the US and the UK. In order to make sure that I would be able to lay my hands on all the titles in time to read them before the announcement of the short list, I welcomed in whatever was guaranteed to arrive the quickest. I'm taking a reading break at the moment (I can't read all the time!), and was mindlessly looking through the various cover designs for the longlist. Some have the same cover for each edition but the majority have different hardcover jackets for the US and UK editions. I'm posting them here with the US covers on the left and the UK covers on the right.
The only strong preference I have is for the US design of the Clegg book. The UK cover's choice of image places the emphasis on the tragedy rather than the subtler and more substantial parts of the text, and I just do not find it aesthetically pleasing.
I slightly prefer the UK McCarthy cover for its brilliant use of color and the way that expected color progression and perfect symmetry of shape is marred by the dripping black paint. The US cover is also lovely, and I was amused by the genre classification possibilities that adorn the cover in seemingly randomized locations.
I prefer the font on the US cover for The Green Road. And the brightening of the image.
Both covers for A Spool of Blue Thread completely turned me off.
Do you have any strong preferences here?