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Excerpts are one of the common ways to promote a book or the type of post you can see during a blog tour or other promotion type of posts. While for promotion purposes I think excerpts can be great, I personally hardly ever read them. So today I wanted to talk about why I don’t read excerpts.
Why I don’t read Excerpts
In short I don’t like reading excerpts because they are exactly that an excerpt, only a piece of the story. If I want to read a book I commit and read the whole thing or in the unfortunate event that I don’t like the book until I DNF the book. I always feel like with an excerpt you cut out a piece of a larger story. And especially with excerpts of scenes that take place later in the book I feel like I can’t fully appreciate the scene or understand it because I didn’t know what happened before that or who the characters are. When it comes to excerpts early in the book or even the look inside function in amazon I hate getting only a part of the story. Once I start reading a book I want to know I can continue it if I want to, being forced to stop once the excerpt is over is frustrating. Especially in cases where the book isn’t released yet. I also strongly dislikes spoilers and in a sense excerpts feel like spoilers as it already spoils a certain scene for you before you start reading the book. So I usually just avoid reading excerpts altogether. Same goes for first chapters or the amazon look inside function. I just don’t like reading them and rather wait till I can read the whole book than get only an excerpt now. or even take the risk and buy the book than read the look inside function first. In general I think waiting for a bookwithout any teasers or excerpts seems easier than when you do get those as it only makes the wait to feel longer.
Why not reading excerpts isn’t always a good thing
The thing I like about excerpt or at least where I see the value of them is how an excerpt can give you a feel for a book, story, the characters and the author their writing style without committing to reading the whole book. And I think that reading an excerpt can sometimes help you judge whether this is a book you want to read. There are some books I DNF’s that I never would’ve bought or accepted for review if I had taken the time to read an excerpt or the look inside function on amazon. So I do see the value of this, but I still don’t like doing this. There are multiple ways to get a feel for a book and to decide whether it’s a book for you and while excerpts are only one of the many ways to do that, I do think that sometimes excerpts can help you decide if a book is for you or warn you away form a book you might thought you would enjoy based on that. I do pretty well without reading excerpts, but I can also see that there are times and moment when reading an excerpt could be helpful. So sometimes, very sometimes I make exceptions and do read an excerpt.
When I do read excerpts
Basically there are only three exceptions to when I do read excerpt. The first exception is when I want to get a feel for the writing style. If there’s one thing excerpt can give you it’s a sense of the writing style. It might not be able to tell you much about the story, characters etc, but at least you can get a small feel of that and the writing style. The second exception is for books where I organize tours for, I sometimes read through the excerpt when I get it from the author or when I see an excerpt on a blog post. The third exception is books that I already read. I don’t mind reading excerpts if I have already read the book, as then most of my reasons for not reading excerpts don’t matter anymore. I already read the whole book, so the excerpt can be a fun reminder of how much I enjoyed the book and I kinda like seeing which scenes an author picked as excerpt.