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What do you want to find on the back of a book or the blurb for an ebook?
When you pick a book up in a store and look at the back, what do you like to find? Similarly, when you read a "blurb" about an eBook, what makes you think about getting the book?
November 7, 2018, 12:48 am
The appearance is the first impression when you come into contact with any stranger the first time. Their way of dressing and grooming will tell you something about the stranger.
The book you get on the shelf is this stranger. You look him all over so that you may know something about him. At the back we see the image and description of the author and also the synopsis of the book.
November 8, 2018, 8:12 am
Everytime I went to a bookstore to buy books, I always check the back of the book for the synopsis. I am not satisfied with the title of the book though it's the first thing took my interest. I always look for some synopsis of the book at the back before I take it.
November 8, 2018, 9:47 am
For me, it's the uniqueness and the way of how the synopsis were written that gives me the green light to buy a book. It's actually because it gives me the idea about how the story is written and if it is interesting or not. That is why when the synopsis is written badly, I don't bother to buy the book anymore especially that most of the books on my favorite bookstore has a plastic seal on them and the only way to judge is by looking at the synopsis at the back.
November 8, 2018, 10:48 am
Blurbs tend to be rather misleading. You may read something that makes you believe the book will be interesting but once you buy the book and read it, well, you are left feeling a little disappointed. I bought a book called the "ninth wave" because the blurb made it sound interesting but it was so boring I couldn't even read it all.
That said, I'd prefer to see only the synopsis on the back cover. Nothing more.
November 9, 2018, 4:18 am
What I want to see on the back page of a book is the pitch of the story which is actually the gist. I sometimes see a blurb and some lines quoting critics or celebrities that are annoying. There was one book that has a long quotation from a popular author that was obviously endorsing the writer. That is a turn off for me.
November 10, 2018, 8:46 am
Hmm, most of the time what's at the back of the book is about the author. I mean his biography and all that. But as for me, I would like to see a summary of what the book is about, as to not make me go to the first few pages.
November 10, 2018, 9:32 am
Whenever I buy a book, the first thing that will make me hold them is their cover. Then the next thing that I do is to turn it and see the back if a summary is written. This is to help me decide if I will be buying the book. I want to get a glimpse of the story if it is something worth reading.
November 10, 2018, 10:06 am
I also do the same. It's a given fact that most readers prefer to look "first" the outside appearance of the book, and then turn to the back cover of a book for it's synopsis.
November 12, 2018, 1:30 am
Well it should be something inviting or motivating. Not just a synopsis but some kind of a review but not exactly a review. Something that would convince readers that the book is worth reading.
November 10, 2018, 8:46 pm
Well, I want to find a sypnopsis at the back of a book, and not just a pile of reviews. I also want to have a pleasing cover, even at the back of the book. The totality is important for me.
November 12, 2018, 1:26 am
The common answer that most people are going to give you is that they want a basic synopsis of what the book is about. I can understand why people would want this, but I get most of my information beforehand on the internet, so I don’t really care to get a synopsis on the book itself.
Weirdly enough, I like it when books have some sort of information on the author. I’ll figure out what the book is about by reading it, but I want to know the background of the person writing it. I want to know their qualifications and what was their motivation for writing the book itself. However, more often than not this information is usually found in the introduction anyway.
November 13, 2018, 8:53 am