Booking Through: Flaps

This week’s Booking Through Thursday question, suggested by A Prairie Progressive, is:

Do you read the inside flaps that describe a book before or while reading it?

My answer: No. I don’t read the inside flaps before reading the book, and I don’t understand why I’d read them *while* reading the book. I don’t read most of the back cover, either — for the same reason. I don’t want to know too much about a story before I discover those things myself, from the text itself. Cover copy has a bad habit of revealing too much of the story, the plot, for my taste. Now, I do occasionally check jacket copy when I’m writing a review and I want to verify a pertinent fact. Sometimes it’s there and sometimes it isn’t, but checking there is easier than re-reading whole chapters of the book, which is basically the only other option at that point.


11 responses to “Booking Through: Flaps

  1. There are a lot of non-flap readers!

  2. I only tend to read jacket copy if it’s a book I know nothing about and I’m just perusing the bookstore. A book jacket itself or a blurb will not get me to buy a book. A decent summary that makes me think I’d be interested in the book is the only thing that gets me buy a book I know nothing about.

    I will also read the jackets when I get unsolicited review copies to see if it’s one I want to put on my reading schedule.

  3. I’m the same way! I want to have an idea of what the book’s about so I’ll know if it’s for me, but I don’t want to know too much.

  4. Good answer! Good answer! 🙂

  5. So how do you decide if you’re going to want to read a book? I’m curious. I love covers. 🙂 Alayne – The Crowded Leaf.

  6. I skip the flaps if it’s fiction- they do reveal too much. But with nonfiction books I want to know more of what I’m getting into. And often in the middle of one of those, I might have a sudden question about the books’ origins, or the author’s credentials, and the flap copy will answer that for me. So with non-fic, I often read the flaps in the middle.

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