Yakkety Yak…Let’s Chat about the Crap in the Back!

Posted February 23, 2014 by Shari in Yakkety Yak Let's Chat / 10 Comments

Yakkety Yak...Let's Chat

Yakkety Yak…Let’s Chat About the Crap in the Back!

Welcome back to a new week of Yakkety Yak Let’s Chat. This week let’s chat about all the stuff at the end of the book, especially digital books.

While reading a book this week, I was thinking I had about half of it to read. Moseying along it abruptly ends at 66% and starts in on excerpts. 34% of excerpts? Yep, that’s a bunch of crap in the back of the book. Now don’t get me wrong, having one excerpt is ok. It usually only adds a percent or two. Even listing out the authors other books, series, bio, etc. Usually that only takes up a few percentages of the full reading time. But then there are the ones where you feel like you have an entire extra book in the back.

Do you read the excerpts at the end?

I will be the first to admit…I don’t read the excerpts in the end. Seriously, if I liked the author or book enough I will go find what I want to read and not worry about an excerpt there. Why read and excerpt when you can have the entire book just by buying it or pre-ordering it? My decision is made by the book I am usually currently reading, not the excerpt in the back. I do read them from time to time, but as a general rule, I find them a waste of time. You can’t really review excerpts.

Do you want the real percentage of what you read?

This also throws off my reading time estimates. At 66% I think I am going to need an hour or two to finish it up. Not putting the book down and looking around like I am lost as to what to do next. Ok, maybe the crap at the end isn’t that bad. It just shocks you when you think you have your morning planned out only to find the book is over…complete and you aren’t interested enough to go onto the excerpts for the next book.

Paperback vs. Digital?

When I used to read so many paperbacks, I would always go to the last page to see how many actual pages I had to read. That way I knew approximately where I was in relation to the end of the story. It isn’t quite as easy with digital books. Yeah, you can jump around, but it just isn’t as easy. So when they put the crap in the back on paperbacks, I can still factor in what is actually there for a story.

So let’s recap the crap in the back of a book:

1. Let’s keep it to one excerpt, please. Otherwise, it is just going to get ignored by me.

2. List out the current series or books the author has. This is ok. Just make sure it isn’t 40 pages worth of lists.

3. Give me their bio, I like knowing the author, but I don’t want an auto-biography.

4. But most of all, keep it to only 5% of the total reading time.

Yakkety Yak…Let’s Chat!

What do you think about the crap in the back?

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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10 responses to “Yakkety Yak…Let’s Chat about the Crap in the Back!

  1. So annoying! I don’t like any of that. It’s all filler and ignored by me. I want a table of contents (amazing how many DONT have that) and then at the end a little blurb about the author or maybe a note to the readers from the author. Other than that it’s ignored and just annoying. Especially when it’s a pricier ebook and then you end up getting something novella length because all the rest of the “book” is the extras.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I want a TOC too! Annoys me I can’t just jump around if I need to, lol. But tons of filler at the end…forget it. And it was a galley book too that wasn’t formatted well, so why couldn’t they hold the excerpts for the finished produce 🙂 Too bad I really didn’t enjoy the book at all.

  2. I rarely read excerpts & even blurbs sometimes. If it’s by an author I trust or a series I follow I go get to it. I just check if it’s fantasy or contemporary. Book v Ebook, I prefer the real one because for some reason I can read it faster than an ebook. It’s the glare I think.

    I agree with Anna below, I don’t mind if I got the book for free but when I buy a book, I want all 100% of it to be about the book and not the extras. I feel cheated when that happens.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      If it is a series I love and the next one isn’t out yet, I don’t mind reading the excerpt. I just don’t go out of my way to read them even if I have them on my site. Just a waste of time.

      If it is free…add all you want and I will just ignore it. But if I paid for it and it wasn’t a good price, then watch out…I will put that in my review.

  3. I’ve had several shockers that end abruptly before I’m ready thinking I have I have plenty more. Once in a while, someone’s review will mention length. I don’t like a ton of stuff back there.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Too much stuff at the end just make me mad. I rarely read it and it really is wasted space.

      • Just read a book from my TBR pile that I got for $.99. It said novella so I wasn’t expecting War & Peace or anything, but the book ended at 46% which was 32 pps with the rest being the first few chapters of the next book in the series. That is NOT novella-length that’s a teaser for the next book. But I had to laugh b/c I had just read this post two days before.

  4. I don’t read them and rather I’m reading a pb or a digital, I always go and bookmark the last page of the actual story. Like you said most of them are ridiculously long and besides this is why authors/publishers have blogs/websites, all that is listed there so why take up extra pages when you don’t have to?

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Exactly Sharonda! I just don’t need the wasted pages and if it is print…oh that poor tree they just used up on wasted paper!

  5. Mariana_BookTravels

    I don’t read them like never, because if it’s a series that I love, it’s fact that I’ll read the same thing twice when the new book is released, so I don’t like that.