We’ve been getting a lot of questions about Battling Boy — specifically the question, what’s the difference between the hardcover edition and the paperback edition that we’re publishing?
This is now a question we can answer with pictures, as we have gotten super-advance copies of the finished books in the office. (No, this doesn’t mean that we have our final book shipment — we print our books in China, so the vast majority of the copies are still on a boat traveling over here.)
The short answer is: basically, the hardcover edition has a hard cover. The paperback cover is soft. But here are some images that’ll explain better than we can with words.
Here’s a shot of the two books together. The front cover looks great! You can’t see in this afternoon light, but there’s spot gloss on the type and on the monster. Everything is very shiny! (The left one is the paperback; the right the hardcover.)
And the back cover! As opposed to the front cover, these actually look different — mostly because the hardcover has a jacket, and the information that’s on the back cover of the paperback is on the flap of the hardcover. (So — the paperback is again on the left; the hardcover on the right.)
But: white band! Logos! Copy! Gray type! Can you spot the differences?
Here are the two spines lined up together. The hardcover is on the left; the paperback on the right. You can see that the hardcover is taller; the pages of the books are actually exactly the same size; it’s just that the cover adds a quarter of an inch of height to the spine.
Also I love the small jumping Battling Boy!
Here are the two books opened up to their inside front cover. You can see on the left that the hardcover has black endpapers and a flap with monsters on it. On the right, the paperback has white endpapers and no monsters. And a white half-title page.
Here’s a close-up of the monsters on the hardcover flap! Because they are so excellently ominous (and difficult to see in the lighting of that previous photo).
And here are the two back inside covers. On the left, you can again see the white endpapers for the paperback; on the right, you’ve got the black endpapers for the hardcover, and a flap (with a dinosaur, because why not?).
Excited? You can pre-order a signed copy of the book (hardcover or paperback!) now from Paul’s local independent bookstore, WORD!
(We are also excited!)