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Better Book Titles: Go Ahead and Judge a Book By Its Cover

abstract:Better Book Titles is a blog for book snobs and avid readers seeking personal titillation (or the opportunity to poke fun with other book snobs.) You'll know you qualify when you browse Better Book Titles because you'll have 5 people in mind to send this link. That includes trade people like book reviewers, most book editors but certainly not all, and librarians who do more than shuffle the stacks. I would safely guess you also qualify if: you've been in a book club for over 5 years; you majored in lit, philosophy or even the law; you were unpopular or pudgy in school or didn't play extracurricular sports; you take a long daily commute; you work a boring job with little supervision... You get the drift.

You don't necessarily have to have a photographic memory of all the books you've ever read - it just means that you're not going to roll around on the floor as quickly as the rest of us. The top book cover is an excellent bad joke-current read example. This compelling true story was adapted into an Academy Award nominated film and it's a simple play on titles... Hemingway would approve since he was both an adventurist and a man of, er definitive action.

Books with those delicious Penguin-style art covers that scream C L A S S I C (equals Publishers lucrative backlist, forever) beg a sarcastic replacement title referencing the fustian nature of the writer or the novel, and demonstrate the smug fact that you actually read the book and "got it" (or supremely couldn't care because you were not a Lit Major.)

If you want to throw in a cover to make a dig at the amorphous "bestseller audience", then delight in this Stieg Larsson cover improvement. Better Book Titles is the brainchild of Dan Wilbur (yes, that really is his name) who claims it is a blog, "for people who do not have thousands of hours to read book reviews or blurbs or first sentences." He cuts through "all the cryptic crap, and give[s] you the meat of the story in one condensed image... [so] you can read the greatest literary works of all time in mere seconds!"

A new Better Book Title is posted every weekday. Every Friday a reader's submission will be posted. Redesign and titles by Dan Wilbur unless credited otherwise. Why not add his Twitter posts to your feed?


February 02, 2011



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