Stop with the Introductions, Please!

Who reads a book’s introduction? I ask you since I cannot bring myself to do the reading of an introduction, a preface or even a forward (I *might* read the forward if written by someone I admire who isn’t the book’s author).  An afterword, prologue or epilogue–of course! But all that nonsense at the start feels only like work to get to the meat of the thing.  Can we not just dive into the content, head first?

When did we start with the forward, introduction, and preface? Where is a librarian when one is most needed? Google provides no answers, and I’m frustrated. Perhaps if I understood the historical significance of such a thing I’d be more open to spending my time reading this neglected part of my books.

To neglect any part of a book seems sacrilegious. To confess, I often skip over lots of parts of poorly written books. Or books that are long-winded. Or are just boring as hell….

….but this is a digression. No one reads my blog. I don’t read introductions.  Are words wasted when no one reads them? Now I’m getting philosophical. I’m highly unqualified for philosophical thought.

Do you wonder over the difference among the preface/introduction/forward trinity? Oh, does it even matter? Be honest, you aren’t reading the front matter anyway.

So, dear book writers and publishers. Please know more people don’t read your introductions than do.  This is an educated guess.  But since I recently read a post online which provides the template for the writing of an “attention-grabbing” forward, I can’t be far from wrong.

PS My apologies to anyone who either loves an introduction or has written one. I’m sure there is value to doing so or there wouldn’t be so damned many of them.


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