My question to all is: Do you read introductions and/or prefaces always, never, usually or only sometimes? I put myself in the category of "usually." For me it depends mostly on the length of the introduction. It also depends on what I'm expecting out of the book and who is doing the introduction. I will almost always read an introduction written by someone I am familiar with and appreciate. I will almost always begin reading an introduction but finishing it is by no means a sure thing. I am wondering if anyone skips introductions even if they are quite short, say a half a page to a page? In my latest attempt, the introduction will serve to set the scene and avoid some cumbersome and potentially tiresome exposition within the work itself. Is it reasonable to expect a short introduction to be read?