Sunday, November 9, 2008

A Title For Your Academic Book

There was an interesting piece here in The Guardian about titling non-fiction. In particular, about the nature of the subtitle and how titles will grab - or not grab - the average reader. The comments section includes a particularly interesting discussion about the nature of the colon in the title and how the PhD thesis possibly promoted its use. I've always used the colon as a matter of course, though it has been occurring to me lately that it's a habit and not always necessary. Just as an earlier article talked about the need for plain titles that enable people to find your article through a simple keyword search, this article makes me think that perhaps we do need to rethink how we title our theses, articles and books. Perhaps we don't need to change at all - but it's worth looking at.

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