Very often Dutch translations get a bad name. The translations would be bad and there would be many spelling mistakes. Maybe this was true 10 or 20 years ago but I think that in the most cases translations have been a lot better.
Not only the actual translated work tends to get a lot of negativity, the cover changes do too. These days there are a lot of books that keep the original covers like The Lunar Chronicles but there are still a lot of books that get a cover change for the Dutch book market. In most cases they seem to think that those covers would work better for Dutch buyers but I think in some cases the ability for readers to recognize what international title this is, goes away.
Even so I think there are some translated works that got a great change in covers. And I want to show those to you all.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
I wasn’t expecting Blossom Books to change this cover, but I’m sad I had already pre ordered my US copy as I really like how this Dutch one turned out. I just love that tree with everything in it. And trust me, this picture does not do it justice.
In Death by J.D. Robb
The In Death series has had many covers over the years, and lets be honest, they are all ugly. But I really like these Dutch covers. They are really worth buying.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
I own both these covers. Initially I wasn’t that drawn to the Dutch one but it really has grown on me over time. I really like it. But I dislike the change of title together with it. I didn’t realize this was going to be Caraval at first.
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
I love how similar these look yet so different. I think the blue on the Dutch cover is a lot more striking, but the US one has the better letter type I think.
Lockwood & Co. by Jonathan Stroud
While the Dutch covers are quite a bit simpler I do like them. Of course I can be biased as this is Stroud books we are talking about… I think Germany has similar covers.
Silber by Kerstin Gier
The original Dutch hardcovers are so ugly and unapealing with grey and a girl figure. But they started releasing these gorgeous paperbacks and it makes me want them instantly. They are simple to a point yet draw the eye and still have something to do with the German covers as the door comes back on the second cover.
The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson
I like the UK covers but these US covers really do nothing to appeal. The Dutch covers on the other han are quite striking I think. I like the colors they used and keeping the lettertype similar. I’m normally not a fan of figures on the covers most of the times but these work so well.