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Subject: Preview of author's next book
Date Posted: 2/4/2009 9:17 PM ET
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Do you ever read the "sneak peek" at the end of books? You know, the first chapter of the next book in the series? I have to confess that I don't. I hate the feeling of starting a book and not being able to finish it, especially if it is a book/series/author that I really enjoy. How about you? Do you ALWAYS read the preview? Occasionally? Never? Why or why not?
Date Posted: 2/4/2009 11:10 PM ET
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I don't either. Never. Even if that next book is on my TBR, I can't see the point of starting to read it until I'm ready to read ALL of it. And I very rarely read more than one book of a series in a row. I've never understood why publishers put that in there--it really isn't an enticement to me at all.


Date Posted: 2/4/2009 11:46 PM ET
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I have to be careful when I read more than one in a series at a time. If the series is well-written, I'm okay with it but if the series is just sort of okay, not bad but not terrific, I burn out really quickly. It's always nice to "come back to" a series I really enjoy by reading a couple of other authors in between.
Date Posted: 2/5/2009 8:14 PM ET
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I usually read the sneak peek.  Not always but most of the time.  Usually by the time I get the book, I've pretty much forgotten what the sneak peek even said!  LOL

Date Posted: 2/5/2009 10:05 PM ET
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No, my TBR is too big to spend the time reading something I can't finish!

Date Posted: 2/6/2009 9:53 AM ET
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I ignore them totally!  Would rather start another book.

Date Posted: 2/6/2009 5:35 PM ET
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I never read the "preview".

I'd rather wait till i have the book.

Date Posted: 2/7/2009 2:20 AM ET
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I used to read them but then, after a period of time, I would start the actual book and then couldn't remember if I had read the whole book or just the "preview" so now I don't read "previews" at all.

Date Posted: 2/7/2009 9:33 PM ET
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Exactly Linda!  My sister and I used to argue about which books we have read!  And that was why, we kept getting mixed up on having read the book vs having read the review!  You know, there was a time that I could remember every book, author, character, story line.....well - THOSE DAYS ARE OVER!!!  My sister and I joke that as we get older, we can just pass back and forth a couple of different series and think we are reading all new books!

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Subject: HATE
Date Posted: 2/7/2009 10:28 PM ET
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I hate the previews.

1.  It messes up my estimate of how much longer the book is.

2.  When I did read the previews and wanted the books, they inevitably were out of print, hard to find, or not at my local bookshop.  Drove me crazy.

3.  So many of them (being most often done in the mystery genre, at least in my experience) were cliff-hanger type endings.  I don't do cliff-hangers.  Even in TV shows, I skip the last show of a season and don't watch it til right before the next season.  I don't like stories broken up.

Now, I skip them entirely.  But I'll always hate them.


Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 2/7/2009 10:33 PM ET
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No way!  I hate those stupid previews.  Either I'm planning to read the next book or I'm not.  An irritating little segment isn't going to change my mind, and I like to read a book fresh.