Cover to cover is a study involving the book covers of two books. Mason Durie’s book
Ngā Kāhui Pou - Launching Māori Futures and Linda Smith’s Decolonizing
Methodologies Research and Indigenous Peoples. Each book cover is analysed to find
out whether academics should consider their book cover as important. The research
explores the two book covers in this study to find out how the covers authenticate the
author. However, the main focus is how the covers represent the book’s content. The
publishing process through its practice is explored to understand why it is important for
academics particularly Māori academics to take responsibility for their book covers.
Arguing that book covers are as important as textual content, the research shows how a
Māori centred approach to what gets on the cover has cognisance with the Māori
centred book content.