Are inverted commas optional in titles of books?

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Tan Elaine

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My favourite book is 'Alice in Wonderland'.

Are the inverted commas optional? Nowadays, I often see in the newspaper titles of books without inverted commas. Neither are they italicised.

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You should use quotes or italics. You are right that many don't do this anymore.
 

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Quotes should not be used, only italics or underline for a book title. Quotes are for article or chapter titles, in a publication that must be bought as a larger whole.
 

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Thanks, konungursvia.

It surprises me because I was never taught to underline a book title, but I was taught to use quotes.
 

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I've never seen or considered underlining a book title.
 

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I've never seen or considered underlining a book title.
I seemed to recall that that was the style I used when typing essays half a century ago. I used quotation marks when i hand-wrote my essays.

The 'correct' style these days is the one insisted on by your teacher/tutor lecturer or your publisher's editor.
 

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I generally use italics though the italics button doesn't work on this forum on my phone for some inexplicable reason so, if I'm responding from my phone, I always put titles in quotes.
 

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That makes sense. Some people use the _underscore_ before and after as a means of mock italicization.
 
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