Thursday, January 14, 2010

Booking Through Thursday - To Flap or Not to Flap?

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Suggested by Prairie Progressive:

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

I skim the inside flaps before I decide to buy a book; I might reread it once I start to get myself situated. But, since most of the books I buy and read are paperbacks, my books rarely have flaps to flap!

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12 comments:

Jennifer said...

Most of mine are paperback as well. My Answer: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/01/booking-through-thursday-14-january.html

jlshall said...

I usually already know most of what I need to know about a book before I get a chance to look at its flap. But, yeah, paperbacks can be a problem!

Jeane said...

I buy used a lot of old hardbacks that have no cover whatsoever- no flap, no blurbs on the back- nothing! It's really flying blind to jump into one of those.

But when there's flaps, I read 'em unless I think they might give too much away.

Eva said...

I'm more of a paperback girl too! I love the fancier trade paperbacks w/ flaps. :)

thekoolaidmom said...

Yeah, I'm with you on the skimming. Also, most of the books I have are ones I've heard of online, either through blogs or from review requests and ARC places, so I've already read a description of them.

Actually, I usually use the flaps for bookmarks if the book has them. Is that book-abuse?

bermudaonion said...

I usually buy paperbacks, too - trade, not mass market, but that's a whole other story. I usually don't read the flaps because I don't want to know too much.

Susan B. Evans said...

I always read flaps or backs of books - except library books, wich always seem to have some sticker covering key details :)

bokunosekai said...

I decide to read a book from a new author based on what's written on the flap :)

pussreboots said...

I read the flaps when my books have flaps. I can't help myself. My post is here

Blodeuedd said...

I do read the flaps too, but like you most of my books do not have them

caite said...

Most looks that i buy used...which is a lot....are hardcover, but as I think about it, no, I am not a great flap reader. It is not so much that they tell too much as that they often seem to put an odd spin on the story.
I would rather explore it myself.

Zibilee said...

I don't read the flap until I am finished with the book. I like to be surprised by my reads, and sometimes reading the flap beforehand ruins all sorts of things for me.