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ERIC Number: EJ845522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0961-0006
Patterns of Puffery: An Analysis of Non-Fiction Blurbs
Cronin, Blaise; La Barre, Kathryn
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, v37 n1 p17-24 2005
The blurb is a paratextual element which has not previously been subjected to systematic analysis. We describe the nature and purpose of this publishing epiphenomenon, highlight some of the related marketing issues and ethical concerns and provide a statistical analysis of almost 2000 blurbs identified in a sample of 450 non-fiction books. (Contains 5 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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