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The Preditors & Editors Readers Poll is open
December 29, 2014 | 6:25 pm

Preditors & Editors, the one-stop resource site "to provide writers with information and contacts for the purpose of seeking publication of their work," has opened its annual Readers Poll of just about anything to do with writing, publishing, editing, reviewing, etc. etc. ad infinitum. "The poll has been running since 1997," the introduction states. "We hope that this small effort helps all publishers and writers on the Internet to thrive in what is still viewed as a highly experimental and strongly competitive environment." As well as the obvious genre and style breakdowns for Print/Electronic Novels and Short Stories, some of the most...

Teleread poll: Your chance to respond on Android 5.0 Lollipop issues
December 6, 2014 | 12:19 pm

As many readers will be aware, my previous piece "Android latest: Lollipop does not suck" produced a fusillade of comment from those who had the opposite experience of the new Android 5.0 Lollipop iteration of the world's favorite mobile OS. And although at the time of writing I am still not having anything like the issues they reported, we decided to open a poll so that readers could report their own experience and problems. Please feel free, then, to fill in your responses below, and we'll report the results. Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world's leading questionnaire...

The bread machine effect: Why it doesn’t matter if most people prefer print
July 21, 2013 | 1:09 pm

breadmachineIs there an e-book backlash? A couple of polls have come out, one on the UK side of the big pond and the other in America, professing to indicate that most people still prefer paper books. The one from the UK is cited in an article in the Sunday Times, which I couldn’t read since it’s paywalled, but a summary on the Mobileread forum gives the pertinent details. Asked which they preferred, 17% said they preferred an e-reader and 65% paper books. 32% of those polled owned an e-reader. The provenance of the poll is unclear. (There are also...

Frankfurt Book Fair survey finds media sector in state of runny flux
July 5, 2013 | 1:45 pm

Frankfurt Book FairA just-released survey of media industry opinion, conducted under the auspices of the Frankfurt Book Fair in the long lead-up to the European publishing industry's number one event in October, finds the media sector caught on the cusp between past and future, and highly uncertain about which way things will go. Carried out by Frankfurt StoryDrive (an initiative that "bursts the boundaries between narrative worlds") and newthinking communications GmbH, the "Market Climate Survey on the Future of the Content and Media World" polled 1,400 media pros, asking them broadly: "What will the [media] world look like in 10 years ?" The resulting survey...

Survey: Do you give e-books as gifts? Why, or why not?
June 20, 2013 | 4:30 pm

e-booksTime for a TeleRead survey: Have you ever given an e-book as a gift? This past weekend, I was ay my dad's for Father's Day. He just moved, and I was treated to a tour of the new place—replete with groaning bookshelves in every room! As my stepmother pointed out a piled-high shelf—in the bathroom, of all places—she remarked, "and we've gotten rid of so many books!" Could've fooled me! Any time you're at the point of putting them in the bathroom, that should be a sign, no? And then the Father's Day gifts came out ... and I saw the problem. My...

For Valentine’s Day, an erotica e-reading survey
February 14, 2013 | 4:54 pm

It’s Valentine’s Day, and what better day to talk about e-books and romance? Or to be more specific, e-books and erotica. E-books have been very good for the erotica genre. Even the Wall Street Journal thinks so. Why? Because women can now read books they’d otherwise be ashamed to be seen reading in public. No more blushing! After all, would you want your seatmate on the subway to know you were reading Fifty Shades of Grey? I didn’t think so. Erotica and digital reading have had other unique pairings lately. Who would have thought, for instance, that e-books (especially erotica books) could have...

iPad owners buying fewer printed works
January 21, 2012 | 11:15 am

PaidContent has a brief report on IDG Connect statistics suggesting that iPad owners are buying less physical media. The survey shows that 72% of worldwide professionals polled are buying fewer newspapers, 70% are buying fewer books, and 49% are buying fewer DVDs since owning an iPad. The biggest areas of decline for newspapers are Asia, with 90% of polled buying fewer, and the Middle East, with 80% buying fewer. This represents a bit of a double-whammy for ad-funded media like newspapers and magazines—not only are they getting fewer sales, but they’re also losing the print ad views of the...

Author Stephen Hunt polls 836 readers on e-book habits
July 2, 2011 | 12:59 pm

ScreenClip(25)Author Stephen Hunt, webmaster of science-fiction website, has conducted a survey of 836 of his readers to find out how many of them are using e-books, and how they’re using e-books. Although the sample is small compared to the overall number of readers out there, and presumably at least a bit skewed toward the sort of people most likely to be early adopters, it provides some interesting numbers nonetheless. 71% of the people polled said that they currently read e-books. Of the 29% who did not, 69% (that is to say, 20% of the total respondents) said they...

Publishing Perspective poll results favor library e-books but show few are using them
November 9, 2010 | 3:32 pm

Publishing Perspectives reports some interesting results on a poll it posted as to whether libraries should loan e-books. 81% of poll-takers said that libraries should loan e-books, and a further 12% said they should loan them with a fee. Only 28% said they had actually checked a library e-book out. (A further 47% said they planned to, but people plan to do a lot of things they never actually get around to doing.) Only 118 people replied to the poll, so the sample is not very large—and it was of Publishing Perspectives’s readers, meaning that it is a bit...

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