Through their Twitter feed, Yen Press announced that they will be distributing dust jackets featuring the original Japanese cover art to some online retailers with the first novel of Spice and Wolf. Yen Press’s website announcement offered further detail: the jackets will be sent to participating online distributors as a flat, uncreased sheet and are to offer them at no additional cost to people buying the novel. Yen Press began discussing the idea to offer the original art thanks to feedback from fans, and fortunately, they were able to put together a solution before the novel’s launch, an impressive display of listening to their customer base. I applaud them for their quick work.
So far, the only online retailer that I have seen mention the dust jackets is RightStuf.com. Via their twitter feed, they announced that they have taken Yen Press up on their offer, but had no further details at the time. I have contacted Yen Press for a list of participating retailers, and will update this article as soon as I found out more.
The first volume of the Spice and Wolf is scheduled for debut on December 15th with the second novel on pace for release in June of 2010 according to Yen Press’s website. I suspect that they will consider offering the Japanese art covers for all future releases as well, thanks to the response from fans on volume 1.
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