There is a school of thought that says most readers will make their minds up about wanting to read a book after the first few paragraphs. Noah Lukeman in his book The First Five Pages compares judgment on a book with seeing a Van Gogh for the first time. Most people look and make their minds up in a flash whether they like it or not. They may be scorned by critics and even called a fool, but art is art, and everyone has the right to pass his/her own judgement. Of course, when it comes to the ‘classics’, this gut-reaction response suffers a snobbery bypass and a lot of people keep reading to keep up the pretext.
But most of us read for pleasure. We’re influenced by lots of things. Title, cover art, blurb, reviews. But what do we do in a bookshop? We pick up the book and look inside. Amazon allows you to do much the same, so if they think it’s important to invest in the “look Inside” feature, that should tell you something. so it’s refreshing to find a site which allows readers to peruse the first page of a book in order for them to get a feel.
Worth checking out?