I never read book samples here's why

I Never Read Book Samples…Here’s Why

Here’s a confession: I never, ever read chapter extracts or samples when I receive them.

Often, publishers will release these extracts in the run up to publication to get people excited. Unfortunately, I don’t get excited by them: the very idea of reading just one chapter, or a chunk of book, and then having to wait weeks or even months before being able to continue frustrates me. Who would want to read the opening of the next book in their favourite series only to not be able to continue?! It’s like self-inflicted torture!

In the past, when I did read samples, I was always a bit confused. Should I just read the sample and skip to where it ended when the book finally comes out? Or should I reread the sample bit too, which in the long run means I read some bits twice when I could be reading something new for the first time?

I’ve never really understood why samples are so attractive for publicising books. I find them a really disruptive reading experience: I’d rather be a little more patient and wait until I get a copy of the whole thing. Nowadays, when I get sent them, I just put them to one side. I can’t help but wonder how many people actually read them, and if there isn’t a better way of generating a buzz for your book.

Do you read samples? How do you feel about them?

About Rhys

Rhys is a 19 year old with roots in the UK and Germany. Aside from reading and blogging, he also produces theatre, loves Kate Bush and hopes to pursue a career in publishing. His reviews have been widely quoted in books such as Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines Quartet, Catherine Bruton’s Pop!, James Treadwell’s Advent and Anarchy and he has presented at such events as Book Expo America.

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  1. Lovelycatsandbooks December 5, 2015 at 5:06 am

    I’ve NEVER read a sampler ever. I just think this is such a frustrating idea. I mean, I wish I could enjoy them, but I simply can’t because I want the whole thing. This really confuses me. I really wish to know why people like samplers if they do, because I’m just very confused here on what’s appealing about not being able to read the whole thing. It doesn’t even feel like teasing. Teasing is nice, it’s excited, this feels like they’re just trying to spoil us or something. Anyways haha! Great post 🙂

  2. Elaine Aldred December 5, 2015 at 6:27 am

    I will not read samples because I don’t feel they are representative of the book. In some cases the beginning might be excellent, but the quality of writing or plot may not be sustained throughout the rest of the book. On the other hand a book might take time to get going and the sample does not quite get to the point where the writing really begins to flow well.

  3. Piper December 9, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Agreed, book samplers are so frustrating. I never read them.

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