Musing Mondays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading, with a series of questions to kick-start discussions about reading habits. Anyone can join in. Just choose a question and leave a link to your post here.
- Describe one of your reading habits.
- Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
- What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
- Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
- Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
- Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
Today’s musing is a bookish rant
There is one particular issue I have with a number of publishers. It’s a simple concept that I find obvious and I cannot fathom why it isn’t standard practice when designing a book cover: series numbers.
Books in a series are written in that order for a reason. Sure, often they’re written so that you should be able to start anywhere, but the simple fact is that starting at book number one is the most obvious way to begin a series.
But what if this is a late edition, and novels printed after it are added to this page? Are publishers leaving this book off the list because it’s obvious it’s a part of the series, or because it’s the latest in the series? Is it truly so difficult to, at the very least, number the books on the “other books” page or, something I don’t imagine can be very difficult, find a place on the spine for the book’s position in the series?
I cannot count the number of series I never began reading because I couldn’t figure out which book on the shelf came first. And I cannot think of a single reason not to include a simple number somewhere on the cover.
What do you guys think? Have you ever been frustrated by this?