Spice and Wolf: POLL

December 17, 2009 at 6:33 pm 8 comments

Now that the new Spice and Wolf novel published by Yen Press is out, we want to know what you plan to do.

Will you buy it or has the controversy over the changed cover made you decide to NOT buy it? Or are you perhaps undecided?

We want your opinion, so vote in our poll and let us know what you think!


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  • 1. Pecaul  |  December 17, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Hey I know the cover looks wierd, but at least Yenpress tried ot offer some options neh? Unlike others such as Tokyopop with some of their series… Kino No Tabi I’m looking at you… Sure it’s not the best idea, and it probably didn’t go too well, but this time I think they can learn to follow what the Haruhi books do. Just not buying a book because of its cover is rather silly no? After all it’s the inside that counts. Either way there’s a naked Holo in both aspects. Just one of them went through a strange Photoshop treatment.

  • 2. anon  |  December 19, 2009 at 8:40 am

    At first I wasn’t going to buy the novel because of the fugly cover. I was going to buy the magazine to get the Jap cover, but after hearing it was bent, I just said “F IT.” Then YP said that The Right Stuf was offering the cover unbent to it’s customers, so I bought it. Some may think it’s silly to not buy a book because of it’s cover… but I really hate that cover. I’m just glad YP offered something to take the ugly away.

    Unlike come companies that butcher they’re manga/novels. *coughtokyopopcough*

  • 3. kafkafuura  |  December 19, 2009 at 9:44 am

    I’m considering it, but my limbo has less to do with the cover than the fact that I already own the book in Japanese, but I still might get it to look it over and to loan it out to people…

    I would prefer the original cover, but a book’s a book – the inside is what counts right? and they keep the original illustrations on the inside so I hear.

    • 4. ranobecafe  |  December 19, 2009 at 2:59 pm

      Yes, the inside illustrations should all be ok.

  • 5. Sharillon  |  December 19, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Who cares about the Cover?

    When I finished reading it, it goes into my bookshelf. Its the inside that counts, as much people here pointed out.

    Btw. anyone knows if TP US still wants to publish Kino no Tabi?

  • 6. nekotea  |  December 21, 2009 at 10:39 am

    I already purchased the issue of Yen Plus containing the Spice and Wolf Japanese cover. However, I will have to wait for about a month to receive the actual Spice and Wolf novel here in the UK. At least the Yen Press magazine provided an extract of the novel.

  • 7. Doraneko  |  December 23, 2009 at 9:10 am

    It is interesting that at the same time some Japanese publishers are reprinting light novels with non-moe covers and no illustrations, and achieved pretty good sales figures.

    As many have said, one should not judge a book by its cover. It is even more silly to “boycott” an excellent book just because of its cover design.

    Afterall, all it counts for a book is its content. I think fans should appreciate the effort Yen Press has made to please both ends of the readership.

  • 8. Fail  |  January 23, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Re-posting how I feel everywhere.

    Yen Press are a sadly, laughable group of individuals. They continue to make horrible decisions. Relying on them is like keeping a bad girlfriend. She tells you she is gonna do things, but then doesn’t. She lies about caring about you. She only cares about what she is doing at that moment, and can’t be bothered to actually do what needs to be done.

    To be blunt. This website(yenpress.us) got a about a 500% increase in comments, deleted comments, and general traffic during the height of this debacle. And they did nothing. LOL, one online retailer sent out covers, is nothing. They either never cared, or froze up like the guy that dies first on the battlefield. Weeks after the book has been released, and still no word from Hassler about more places to get a cover, even though he said he would update the list(lol, not likely huh?). You have failed to release a download-able/printable version of the cover, even after I, and others have posted links to one, here, in this very comment section. By the way Hassler(I once felt bad for you), saying “we simply aren’t set up with a direct-to-consumer infrastructure.”, only means that Yen Press isn’t going
    to do anything. Way to be a company echo.

    To sum it all up. I believe Yen Press has failed to bring fans an acceptable product(proven by the sheer amount of people who agree). And have failed to make amends(People are still angry, and still talk about it on internet forums). So I have no sympathy for them. I hope they fail.


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