‘Riveting!’: The Quandary of the Book Blurb
NYT "Room for Debate" piece -- ‘Riveting!’: The Quandary of the Book Blurb
“A Faulkner for our time!” “Can’t put it down!” “An up-all-night thriller!” At some point, you have to wonder: if so many books are being commended, are they all commendable? It’s the perennial question of whether the blurbs on book covers are still meaningful or have become just background noise. After all, Kindle Singles are doing just fine without covers — and cover blurbs.
Do book blurbs serve readers? Do they help writers?
Stephen King and others weigh in on this topic.