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Poll Results

Do you read blurbs (quotes) on the front and back of books?

Survey expired 04/28/12
Total voters: 107

Question

 61% (65 votes)Always
 37% (40 votes)Sometimes
 2% (2 votes)Never

Do blurbs influence your book selections? Please check as many as apply.

 50% (54 votes)Yes, if the blurb is written by an author whose work I know
 30% (32 votes)Yes, if the blurb is written by an author I have heard of
 34% (36 votes)Yes, if the blurb is from a publication or reviewer I trust
 16% (17 votes)Yes, if the blurb is from a publication or reviewer I have heard of
 66% (71 votes)Yes, if the blurb makes the book sound appealing to me
 28% (30 votes)Occasionally, if I don’t know much about the book
 3% (3 votes)No, because I am not interested in reading promotional blurbs
 5% (5 votes)No, because I would rather get the opinion of someone I know
 13% (14 votes)No, because I already know enough about the books I am going to buy or borrow without reading the blurbs
 2% (2 votes)I am not sure how I feel about blurbs.
 1% (1 votes)Other...:
  • Blurbs are often taken out of context, so I don't put much weight on a blurb to sell me a book.