Some of you may have noticed that I was reading Eon: DragonEye Reborn (Allison Goodman) earlier this week. (I'm not now, but the reason why is an entirely different post *grin*) Anyway, when I went to add the cover of the book to my Currently Reading gadget I realised that on the FantasticFiction site it is actually called The Two Pearls of Wisdom. Hmmm.
Then, because I was a little behind with my reading and the book was due back at the library on Saturday, I trundled over to my local library's online catalogue to check whether it would be possible to renew this book with two names (or if I would need to read like a demon this week *grin*). But then I realised that the book wasn't listed as I thought it was. So, I headed to Wikipedia, and that's when I realised this book has three, yes three names:
* Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (USA)
* Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye (UK)
* The Two Peals of Wisdom
And weirdly, my library has all three titles! My question is - why? Why do publishers feel the need to change the name of a book? Covers...nope! *shakes head* I'm not touching that one. Do publishers not realise that it confuses us poor readers, who excitedly think that there is another book out there? I know they sometimes 're-package' books - a two for one deal and all that (which occurred with two Mercedes Lackey books), but re-naming is just [insert suitable adjective here]!
So, what do you think about the re-naming of books depending on the geographic location of the book's release? And have you discovered any examples?