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I read the Acknowledgements 5 13.16%
I read the Preface 10 26.32%
I read the Introduction 11 28.95%
I do not read the Acknowledgements 2 5.26%
I do not read the Preface 0 0%
I do not read the Introduction 0 0%
I Read All Of Them 24 63.16%
I Don't Read Any Of Them 2 5.26%
Other: Please explain in your reply. 5 13.16%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 38. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-09-2013, 09:15 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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So.

For many years (decades, maybe even centuries), it has been customary for authors to include acknowledgements, an introduction and preface to their book.

Typically, I never read these. Once in a while, I will read the introduction if I am curious about how the author came to write the book, what prompted him to do so, but this is rarely the case. Most of the time I am simply wanting to know the INFORMATION in the book and so, I skip these three perfunctory sections. My thoughts are that A) I really don't give a rip who you want to thank, B) I don't care what the Introduction says and C) I don't even know what a Preface is. Mind you, I read mostly "self-improvement" type books, books on homesteading, gardening, etc. Which are more functional than biographies or "true stories" kind of thing.

My question is..... Do you read the Acknowledgement, Introduction and Preface when you read a book?

I'm curious how many do and do not.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:19 AM
 
Location: The East
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If it is going to give me anymore insight into the book than yes. If the book is fiction usually no.
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:23 AM
 
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Depends on the type of book.

Non-fiction I most all of them, in the order presented. Often in non-fic, the Introduction or Preface talks a little bit about the scope of the book. Fiction, I read the book first and then sometimes go back and read the rest. Sometimes in "classic literature" fiction, the Introduction, written by a scholar or simply a fan of the book, gives away too much about the book. If I haven't read the book before, I don't want to be told what I am about to read.

I never read the recommendations or ad blurbs - I don't care what another author has been paid to say about it.
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I usually read all of them but for the acknowledgements. Some acknowledgements are nice and short - "for C, who had faith in me" - and some ramble on and they are people no one but the author knows.

I always read what the blurbs say - blurbs can tell you a lot about a book. If I don't like one of the blurb writers, I'll take a real close look at the book before buying it. If a writer I really like has praised a book, I'll also take a closer look at it. If the blurb person is one of those writers whose name I see on a lot of blurbs, I'm not interested. (There was a time when I saw Stephen King's name on too many blurbs) If the blurb writer isn't a writer, but a politician (and it isn't a political book), an actor, etc, then I'm not interested.

If I'm interested enough to buy the book, I will usually be interested enough to read the preface and the introduction.
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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I'll usually read the preface and introduction, if they're included. But once I read a forward on a work of fiction, not written by the author, and it included a MAJOR spoiler. I have no idea why they'd include that!
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Old 03-09-2013, 04:00 PM
 
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It depends on the book. I sometimes read acknowledgements, partly because I'm curious to see if there's anyone I know. If they're short. I'll read a page of acknowledgements, but not six pages of them. (I've been in acknowledgements a few times.) For certain kinds of books - like 19th century novels - I read the introductory stuff, but after the book, because they often discuss the plot.
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati, OH
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Other; it depends on the book.
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I even read the title page and legal text. I like to know who did the cover art, what the font is, etc. Because I'm a big nerd.
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:35 PM
 
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I even read the title page and legal text. I like to know who did the cover art, what the font is, etc. Because I'm a big nerd.
So do I. I always read it all, although with my reading audiobooks for the last few years, many times those features aren't included.

I also watch all the intros to movies and especially the full credits. Even though I can find most of that information on IMDB now, I usually forget to check there later, and it is a habit, and one that I enjoy and annoys the people who are watching the movie with me.
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Old 03-10-2013, 02:27 PM
 
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I buy a book because I'm interested in what the author has to say.
I'd say that about 50% of the time, the author says something that is a sweet/sad/funny/touching tribute to whoever they've dedicated their book to, or if it's a preface, then it's about the book which I usually find interesting in some way.
I read boxtops too.
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