Originally Posted by Sparrow
I always tend to read the notes. I've a vague idea what a "chaise and four" is, but a note could also expand on other topics; e.g. it's social significance at the time the story is set. If the note is half a page long, it's likely to tell me something I didn't know - if I assumed I didn't need to refer to the note; and it's hidden, unseen, at the back of the book, I'd be missing out.
I've read a study about notes some months ago. It stated that most people read footnotes, which is not the case with endnotes. 9 out of 10 people will also read the footnote before the text where they're anchored.