Same Book, Different Title


Publishing is a global enterprise. But, sometimes a book is published with a different title in different countries. Very often this is because an author is dealing with different publishing houses in different markets.

Lawrence Hill wrote an interesting article about why his Canadian-published novel 'The Book of Negroes' was being released as 'Someone Knows My Name' in the United States. (I have linked this article below the list, where it reads "Inspired by Lawrence Hill, writing in The Guardian." You can click on that to read the piece for yourself.)

Tess Gerritsen is another author who has experienced this situation. On her web site, she notes: "The reason for the different titles/covers has to do with different sensibilities across “the pond.” My American publisher and my U.K. publisher couldn’t agree on which title worked better for their different audiences. So they opted to go with two different titles. This is an example of how publishers in different countries can work completely independently of each other. They know their own audiences. They know what works in their own markets."

Louise Penny has also shared this experience. On her website, Penny writes: "The publishers did this not, as you might suspect, to be annoying but because they genuinely feel their readers respond to different titles."

I have been interested in this aspect of publishing for quite some time, so I made a list. Each pairing is the same book, reflecting alternate titles, as the books appeared in different countries.

If you know of any titles that fit this list, let me know on Twitter @Booktrovert

  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

  • The Collected Works of A. J. Fikry

  • The Lonely Girl

  • Girl with Green Eyes

  • The Book of Negroes: A Novel (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Movie Tie-in Editions)

  • Someone Knows My Name: A Novel

  • The Beggar Maid: Stories of Flo and Rose

  • Modern Classics Who Do You Think You Are

  • The Secret Lives of the Four Wives: A Novel

  • Das Lavendelzimmer: Roman (German Edition)

  • The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel

  • Smilla's Sense of Snow

  • The Other Hand by Cleave, Chris Paperback , F Edition (2009)

  • Little Bee: A Novel

  • A Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel)

  • Dead Cold

  • Three Bags Full: A Sheep Detective Story

  • Glennkill (German Edition)

Inspired by Lawrence Hill, writing in The Guardian.