Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick
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Book research and a poll.

Hi folks -

So I have a book coming out in late October or early November, so it's time to start thinking about how to prepare. I plan to give away the book electronically via my website, plus it'll be available as a Kindle book among other formats. When it hits the shelves, I plan to partake in a book tour or two, with readings and signings and more, and give away signed copies and so forth... but I'm unsure how much of this would actually be useful without knowing more. So: A poll!

Poll #1600753 Book Research.

How do you like to read books by a new author?

Kindle.
4(7.7%)
Other ebook format (I'll explain in comments).
7(13.5%)
Print book.
38(73.1%)
Audio book.
3(5.8%)
Other (I'll explain in comments).
0(0.0%)

If you like an ebook *you paid for*, how often do you buy the print version?

Always.
1(2.6%)
Usually.
2(5.1%)
Sometimes.
6(15.4%)
Seldom.
5(12.8%)
Never.
3(7.7%)
I don't read ebooks.
22(56.4%)

If you like an ebook *you got free*, how often do you buy the print version?

Always.
0(0.0%)
Usually.
4(10.5%)
Sometimes.
8(21.1%)
Seldom.
3(7.9%)
Never.
1(2.6%)
I don't read ebooks.
22(57.9%)

If you download a free ebook or audiobook and like it, do you donate to the author?

Always.
1(2.6%)
Usually.
3(7.7%)
Sometimes.
9(23.1%)
Seldom.
5(12.8%)
Never.
3(7.7%)
Did I mention that I don't read ebooks?
18(46.2%)

If you donate for free ebook or audiobook downloads, how much do you give?

Mean: 4.82 Median: 5 Std. Dev 1.34
1
0(0.0%)
2
1(9.1%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
2(18.2%)
5
7(63.6%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
0(0.0%)
8
1(9.1%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
0(0.0%)

How cool is a custom, illustrated flash drive containing many e-formats of a book, plus art and other cool stuff?

Awesome. I want one and would pay paperback prices for it!
5(12.2%)
Cool, and I'd pay enough to cover the cost of making it.
4(9.8%)
I'd like it but wouldn't pay more than the cost of the drive.
1(2.4%)
Meh.
19(46.3%)
Seriously? I want my electrons in pure electron format.
3(7.3%)
What is this technology of which you speak? And didn't I mention I hate ebooks?
9(22.0%)

Which of the following book-promo things interest you?

Video book trailer.
10(9.2%)
Live readings and signings.
27(24.8%)
YouTube readings.
7(6.4%)
Book parties at a friend's place.
17(15.6%)
Contests to win free stuff.
17(15.6%)
Interactive author websites and blogs.
26(23.9%)
Other (I'll explain in comments).
5(4.6%)

How do you discover and buy new books?

Amazon.
21(12.1%)
Barnes & Noble brick and mortar store.
15(8.7%)
Barnes & Noble online.
4(2.3%)
Powell's Books brick and mortar store.
4(2.3%)
Powell's Books online.
7(4.0%)
Borders brick and mortar store.
13(7.5%)
Borders online.
1(0.6%)
Independent store (I'll tell everyone the store's name in comments).
12(6.9%)
Used bookstores.
22(12.7%)
Library (I buy if I like it).
15(8.7%)
Reviews from critics I trust (I'll note who that is in comments).
16(9.2%)
Recommendation from friends.
34(19.7%)
Other (I'll explain in comments).
9(5.2%)

I wish to complain about this poll.

Because one always needs this option.
13(81.2%)
Let me explain....
3(18.8%)

Last question for today: I'm planning a book tour! If you attend author readings and would like me to visit your town, where do you live?



Thanks!
Chris
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