?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

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

Comments

( 52 comments — Leave a comment )
Page 2 of 2
<<[1] [2] >>
siro_gravity
Aug. 3rd, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
PRINT!!! and like, only.

i mean, books are my friends!! so i want to read them in bed, see? cozy. warm. with the smell of the paper and the pages i can scribble on if i want to.

i want a signed copy!!!
mckitterick
Aug. 3rd, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know, but I suspect most publishing is moving toward ebooks with the current generation of new readers.
(no title) - siro_gravity - Aug. 3rd, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no title) - siro_gravity - Aug. 3rd, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no title) - mckitterick - Aug. 3rd, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
(Deleted comment)
mckitterick
Aug. 3rd, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Everyone knows that book people are smarter, more attractive, and more interesting than the mundanes ;-)
queza7
Aug. 3rd, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
I read ebooks, but only free ones. You don't have that option on question 2. :)
mckitterick
Aug. 3rd, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Good point!
threegoldfish
Aug. 3rd, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
I have a Sony reader and convert everything to that format if possible. .lit converts the best and pdf the worst. I usually avoid pdfs like the plague. Extras don't really do anything for me either for books or movies.

My major source of trusted reviews at teh moment is Dear Author.
mckitterick
Aug. 3rd, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the feedback. And nice to meet you! Cute puppy you have there.
professormass
Aug. 3rd, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
To explain my "other" choices:

Other ebook format: I generally read things in EPUB on Stanza or PDFs (rarely, because they don't reflow).

Discovering new books: I use Chapters often, a large Canadian book chain.

mckitterick
Aug. 3rd, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
Of course!

I hear good things about Chapters.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 3rd, 2010 04:54 am (UTC)
from ghent
PDF files are fine. I use a tablet (convertible) notebook, rather than a reader. Good luck with the new novel.
mckitterick
Aug. 3rd, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
Re: from ghent
I get the feeling that we'll end up with ultra-cheap (say, near-disposable) e-readers as well as low-power notebooks with pleasant-to-read (e-reader quality) screens.
bryanthomass
Aug. 3rd, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
I guess I'm old fashioned, Chris. I just have a hard time with ebooks, which is funny, because I do editing and proofing for clients on my laptop, but maybe that's why. It feels like work to read on the laptop and I spend too much time at the computer as it is. But for me, leaning back with a good book in my hand is where it's at.

I have a friend, former publicity person for major trade publisher, who helps authors do their own custom campaigns, using social media and other options. You can buy as many services as you want. But it enhances your ability to help pubs like Hadley Rille get your book out there. You can even get pro book reviews.

And you should discover Goodreads. Giveaways on Twitter, Goodreads and FB are hugely popular and I have had success getting my name out there and interest in my work. I see a lot of known authors doing the same.

I'll look forward to reading it.
mckitterick
Aug. 3rd, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean, Bryan, though it seems that the young folks today just getting started reading won't have the same attachment to print. *sigh*

I've seen some good ideas at those author-promo sites and will do some of those things. Hadley Rille is pretty good at getting books to reviewers, and we hope to get some more blurbs for it, too!

Thanks!
roseconnelly
Aug. 3rd, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
Okay, I don't read eBooks either, sort of. I subscribe to Safari -- O'Reilly's online tech book service: http://my.safaribooksonline.com/

And I think it is phenomenal because I'm now not paying for physical books that take up space whose information becomes stale after about a year and is no longer good for anything other than a craft project. I'm also not paying for physical books, where authors need to write the same introduction Chapter or Two, information that I do not need again and again and again. When I go to Safari, though, it is to search and scan for specific information. There is not a lot of times where I just sit and read, but I have at times.


When it comes to reading books for pleasure, I just can't get into the electronic format. I'm not scanning for just bits of information. I'm reading for long periods of time. I also don't have the same comfort of curling up with my laptop, and it doesn't smell or feel like a book. This would be due to my age. My children will probably feel differently.

It also bothers my eyes more than reading a book. This could just be because of my farsightedness, but reading something that glares at me close up for a long period of time is a quick trip to a bad headache. My eyes physically do not want to do it.

And forget my phone. I cannot read on something that small with sentences cut off that frequently. It would be like reading your novel written in small newspaper column format. Eeks.

I wasn't going to take your poll because of my eBook aversion, but I did want to at least note that if I do pay for an eBook, it is because I don't want more physical things taking up space in my house. And if I get a free eBook, I may buy the print copy, but it would have to be a really, really good book. Much like checking it out from the library.

Now, here is my big idea for promotion. I had a dream about your book last night. You tried to sell your book by packaging it in a big bag of potato chips. You had me take some boxes of them to hold for you, and I was so hungry and wanted to read your book, so I figured you wouldn't mind if I just opened one bag of chips for both a snack and to get to your book.

So, flash drive for electronic books? No, defeats the point of getting en electronic book by giving me something physical. Print book in a big bag of corn chips. Awesome!


Edited at 2010-08-03 09:14 pm (UTC)
mckitterick
Aug. 3rd, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
Book in bag o' corn chips - awesome! Though maybe better for a book where, y'know, corn chips are relevant to the plot. Which gets me thinking....

I hear you about reading ebooks on a glowing monitor. I'm slightly tempted by the e-readers, but they're still not anywhere near as nice as a print book... and cost a hundred bucks more just for the container.
Page 2 of 2
<<[1] [2] >>
( 52 comments — Leave a comment )

Latest Month

May 2017
S M T W T F S
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031   
Powered by LiveJournal.com