Judging a Book by Its Cover: Fans, Publishers, Designers, and the Marketing of Fiction

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Nicole Matthews, Nickianne Moody
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2007 - Literary Criticism - 191 pages
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This collection argues that book covers - the wrapping of image, typography and puff prose that surround the written contents of a book - really matter. They matter because, despite the turn of phrase that admonishes us not to do it, as readers, we do indeed judge books by their covers.
 

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Contents

Tauchnitz Albatross and Penguin
3
Reading the Cover
19
Context and Participant
43
Literary Prizes Production Values and Cover Images
63
Jerome K Jerome and the Paratextual Staging of Antielitism
83
The Delicate Business of
107
Selling Sex and Survival in Lesbian Pulp Fiction
129
AddressingYoung Adults? The Case of Francesca Lia Block
147
Images Messages and the Paratext in Algerian Womens Writing
161
Index
189
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Dr Nicole Matthews is lecturer, Media/Critical and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Nickianne Moody is Head of Media and Cultural Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

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