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Quotes on backs of books

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Is there a term for those comments on the back covers, or inside pages, that say how great the book is? They are often lifted from reviews in newspapers and magazines. For example, on the back of a Jack Reacher book, The Times is quoted: 'Busy, bloody and ingenious'. I ask because I was amused to see a quote from Samuel Johnson on the back of Clarissa: 'The first book in the world for the knowledge it displays of the human heart'. A recommendation from Samuel Johnson must be pretty hard to beat.

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I have always known it as book blurb , along with the brief synopsis and the 'from the author of..' or the 'If you enjoyed...you will love this' bits. There likely is a proper term for it all though.

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They're endorsements or sometimes more commonly referred to as book blurbs.

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