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Book Covers – Does Size Matter?

Author Don Massenzio


This is another post based on the book, Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve, by Ben Blatt, a book that looks at writing in a way that appeals to numbers geeks like myself as it looks for patterns and quantification of the books that we read and write.

So far, I’ve posted tidbits about his analysis of adverbsexclamation pointsgender identification in writing and writers following their own advice, simplicity in writing, and US vs. UK writing styles.

This week we look at an aspect of book covers that I hadn’t thought about, but I guess I noticed it, the size of the authors name on the cover.

In his analysis, Blatt set out to prove that you can assess an author’s stature by looking at the covers of their books.

His first example shows how Stephen King’s, Carrie, a book that didn’t…

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