Blurbs....(and a winner)
A Reader's Respite has been getting a bit fed-up with blurbs lately. We recently picked up a book (yes, a real paper and binding book - the Amazonian Devil Device hasn't dragged us completely over to the dark side yet) that was plastered with no less than 6 blurbs on the cover. We could barely discern the title of the book underneath all of the gushing fountains of allocades.
Intrigued, we flipped the book open to read a few paragraphs.
We flipped ahead a few chapters. More suckage.
Disgusted, we plopped the book back on the shelf and pondered the blurbs.
Being fairly well-read people, I would imagine that most of us recognize the authors who blurb on covers. Is blurbing merely a way to promote their own work?
Publisher's Weekly recently addressed this very subject. If you missed it, read here.
So what do you think? Have you ever purchased a book solely due to a blurb? Do you ignore blurbs? Inquiring minds want to know.
Oh, and we do have a winner of Eileen Goudge's book, The Diary!
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