Richard Dawkins’ Next Book Has a New Title and a New Look

Good thing, too. The last one was just confusing.

Richard Dawkins‘ next book, a memoir, will be titled An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist. And much like with his last book The Magic of Reality, the UK version of the book will get a *way* better cover than its American counterpart:

UK edition

US edition

I’ll just have to order both.

The book is scheduled for released on September 24th.

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  • Gus Snarp

    I am so tired of the dumbing down of British media for U.S. audiences. Why the hell do we get a different cover?

    Why did Planet Earth get redubbed with Oprah Winfrey?

    Why don’t we have Infinite Monkey Cage, or QI, or any of the other interesting stuff on the BBC (without waiting or pirating)?

    • http://twitter.com/Percysperson Eileen

      (cough, cough, “Tunnel Bear”, cough, cough.) (Google it, and you didn’t hear it from me.) : )

      • Mario Strada

        I have used it, but I wasn’t that impressed. I don’t like metered anything. Also, there are other tunnels too, just none as easy as that one.
        But I am also tired of paying another monthly fee. I don’t understand why the BBC would not want to expand their viewership in the states. They already produce the shows, they could just sell ads on the US edition and make more money (although, one of the refreshing things about the BBC is that they have few, if any, commercials.

        • John F

          Don’t they put QI on BBC America? I know that’s where the likes of Top Gear and The Office went. The BBC is commercial-free in the UK because everyone with a TV pays £120 per year for the privellige. Difficult to grumble too much for what we get in return, but it does mean that some Brits get a bit twitchy about the idea of foreigners getting the programmes for free (or free with adverts). Personally don’t care as long as they reinvest the profits into programming,

          • http://twitter.com/Percysperson Eileen

            Apparently on BBC America they only show us what they imagine Americans will like, so it’s mainly Graham Norton, Top Gear, and Gordon Ramsay shouting at people. Whereas I love all the BBC documentaries, which they never show. While BBC America is a paid channel, I’d certainly be happy to pay more for BBC programming in its entirety.

            • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

              Based on what History and Discovery have become, as opposed to what was first promised, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that the money isn’t in QI, it’s in “Honey Booboo Read The Bible”

    • geru

      Wow, I had to check that one out for myself. According to Wikipedia Planet Earth was redubbed by Sigourney Weaver, but still, why on earth would someone not want to listen to David Attenborough’s narration? Sheesh.

      • Gus Snarp

        I swear Oprah did a new voice over for something….. [Edit: It was Life, so basically same difference]

        But yeah, what the hell is wrong with people that they can’t listen to, or don’t want us to listen to, Attenborough? The iTunes version is Attenborough, and I love it, even if I have to explain to my kids what a “ci-cah-da” is.

    • HannibalBarca

      QI is one of my favorite shows ever.

    • Conspirator

      Someone will have to explain to me how this cover is “dumbed down”. They’re different, but they both convey basically the same thing. It’s Dawkin’s, and he’s written other books. That’s all either cover tells me. Sure the first one shows that he at one time held a small jar with something in it, but other than that, what’s the difference?

      Sure the yellow font on the second cover is ugly. But really, it’s just the cover of a book, and neither one is very exciting or in any way informative.

      • Gus Snarp

        No, the cover is not dumbed down. But it’s part of this weird thing where publishers and media companies seem to think we Americans are so different from Brits that we need a different version of things. And the ones we get tend to be worse, dumbed down, or we simply don’t get the really smart and entertaining things that are produced in the UK at all. So it’s part of a larger trend, and I was being fairly light-hearted and humorous. But I’ve got a shitty sense of humor, obviously.

        Although I did like the U.S. covers for the Harry Potter books.

      • Sids

        Also, the UK version specified that it’s “a memoir”. Perhaps they didn’t think the US audience could handle such a word?

    • Rain

      I think the UK edition actually looks much dumber. He is looking at a beetle in a jar for no apparent reason at all.

      • Mario Strada

        He is thinking “I bet this would taste good deep fried”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Qu-Quine/1176671728 Qu Quine

    Looking forward to it.

  • Aman

    UK sleeve is so much better than one for US.

  • Rain

    I like the other title better. They should have called it Richard Dawkins: That Guy That Gets Auto-Tuned A Lot: This Is My Story–Not Auto-Tuned. They should not have “dumbed down” the title for American audiences.

  • http://www.facebook.com/garret.brown.7 Garret Shane Brown

    I don’t see a big difference in either of the covers. I would be just as likely to buy either.

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    I’ll be getting the “It’s kindle, so I don’t give a shit what’s on the cover” version.

  • Baal

    I like the beetle cover. It expresses a sense of wonder or examination. The younger Dawkins full on shot looks a little creepy to me.

  • http://twitter.com/vogelbeere + Yvonne Aburrow

    I definitely prefer the British cover. Better font, better photo, better words.

  • Dave Hoover

    Do they test market covers in different countries? It seems really weird to me that they bother giving them a different cover based on political boundaries.


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