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Judging a Book By Its Cover: Bringing the Digital Humanities into Reader’s Advisory

  • Author / Creator
    Gerlitz, Laura M
  • This study sets out to examine recurring themes found on book wrappers published by Harlequin in their first seventeen years as a form of marketing strategy. Through the use of specific image and text patterns that correspond to common themes found in paperback genres, Harlequin was able to appeal to targeted audiences, competing with other early reprint companies and eventually become the colossal modern publishing company of today. A unique approach using several digital humanities methods, namely text and image analyses, and data visualizations, will be employed to examine a special collection of several hundred wrappers. An interdisciplinary approach to research in book history will be taken, utilizing a blend of methods from digital humanities, and theories from library and information studies, humanities, and communication studies. The resulting patterns will be connected to reader’s advisory as appeal factors in successful book selection by readers.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2019
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts/Master of Library and Information Studies
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/r3-ww9z-a571
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