Exciting news: The US paperback version of Leviathan will have a brand-spanking-new cover.
Here is it:
Pretty cool, huh? But I’m not going to say more, because I want to hear your impressions and opinions first.
Four key points about the US paperback version:
One: It will appear on August 10, 2010, about two months before book two in the series, Behemoth, which goes on sale October 5.
Two: It will be printed on the same awesome thick paper as the hardback! You may have noticed how much heavier Leviathan is than most books its size. The paper is a brighter white as well, all the better to show up Keith’s lovely art.
Three: It will be $9.99.
Four: Alas, the glorious endpapers map will not be in color in the paperback version. Only hardback books have end papers, so the map will appear as a spread in b&w. (Otherwise the book would be noticeably more expensive.)
Update: The paperback will be almost the same format as the hb, just a bit shorter. It’s my understanding that the art won’t have to be resized. (Phew.)
And now I attempt to anticipate your questions:
The UK paperback will have a different cover altogether, not the same as this or as the hardback there. I’ll reveal it here once it’s finalized.
I’m not sure what the plans are for the Australian paperback edition. I’ll let you know.
Leviathan has also sold in France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, Greece, Israel, and Portugal. I have no idea about pub dates or covers, except that the French edition comes out in early September from Pocket Jeunesse.
MORE NEWS SOON ABOUT MANY THINGS.