I can understand why publishers decide to do this. Time goes by, and they want to introduce new readers to the series - readers who were perhaps several years too young when they were first published. Like Harry Potter, for example. This makes sense to me.
What doesn't make sense is when publishers choose to release new editions within a very short space of time. Let's take The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
All of these editions have been released in the space of six years. Granted the first two were published at the same time so you can choose whether you wanted Katniss or Peeta, and one is for adult readers. But that's still so many! And that's just for the first book in the trilogy! The others have the same number of editions.
And now The Maze Runner by James Dashner.
These four were published in the space of five years.
I can partly understand why movie tie-ins are published, but I don't think there's much point. Fans of the movie can buy books with the covers that are already out. It's just so unnecessary to have so many covers out in such a small space of time. This doesn't look like they're trying to introduce them to new readers, but just to make more money. Fans will buy editions of books because theyget new covers, owning multiple copies of the same book. And that's fine if that's what they want, but it seems to me like it's just to sell more books than to get more readers. And that just doesn't seem right to me. I know it's a business, but why do there need to be so many different editions?
What do you guys think of so many covers for the same books, published in a short amount of time?