2013 Word of the Year

November 19, 2013

selfieThe publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary unanimously chose selfie as the 2013 word of the year. The term, meaning a self-portrait typically snapped with a smartphone and shared over social networks, was first recorded in Australia in 2002 when someone posted this after a drunken accident: “I had a hole … right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.”. “It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the Internet,” Oxford Dictionaries said on its blog, without offering an accompanying selfie of the writer. “If it is good enough for the Obamas or the pope, then it is good enough for Word of the Year.” Read more in today’s Los Angeles Times article.  And let’s all be grateful that the word of the year wasn’t “twerking”!


Noticing Trends in Book Covers

January 27, 2011

Recently I noticed that several adult novels seemed to have very similar covers and I wondered about this and what the publishers are trying to convey. In my case, the theme was the backs of women’s heads (see below). To me, this represents mysteriousness- any other thoughts out there?

Sure enough, there are people out there who research and comment on such things. See an interesting short article with a great collection of YA covers.


The following website has some interesting discussion and analysis of graphics, composition, and effectiveness of various covers, as well as 2011 trends. It also has samples of rejected and accepted versions of covers.


This site features very striking covers- see what you think!



Shira S.

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