Follow us on
Connect

Posts tagged survey

Digital Book World conducting author survey
November 20, 2014 | 12:25 pm

Digital Book World logo DBWDigital Book World has conducted two previous surveys of authors, and now they are doing a third. Their previous surveys have been criticized as drawing from too narrow a field, i.e. readers of Writer's Digest. The criticism is that many, if not most, indie authors don't read Writer's Digest, leading the survey to under represent that section of the population. I'm not offering an opinion on prior surveys one way or the other because honestly, I haven't taken the time to dig into the methodology. But if the criticism is fair, then it seems obvious that a good fix is to...

DBW recrunch of Hugh Howey AuthorEarnings numbers yields interesting conclusions
February 14, 2014 | 6:10 pm

I already predicted that the groundbreaking survey of online/digital bookselling income and trends put together by the AuthorEarnings site and Hugh Howey would be pored over, reparsed, argued with, and generally chewed up over the next weeks. And one of the first out of the gate is arguably one of the more authoritative and better qualified, as Dana Beth Weinberg, who has been delivering regular publishing analytics for Digital Book World, took her turn at the raw data made available by Howey's site. Party it's a move to answer "the deep animosity many indie authors felt" towards her previous work,...

Why do writers publish? What do they make? Social science findings from DBW
December 10, 2013 | 4:10 pm

Digital Book World has released the first three excerpts from some extremely detailed social science research into the practices and performance of writers, based on a joint survey with Writer's Digest under the direction of  Dana Beth Weinberg, Harvard University alumnus and Professor of Sociology at Queens College at CUNY, where she directs the MA Program in Data Analytics and Applied Social Research. "Over 9,000 authors participated in the survey and the results are nothing short of astounding," reads DBW's preamble. Whether astounding is the right qualifier or not, they are certainly fascinating, and Weinberg's detailed breakdowns of why writers...

Survey shows Chinese still don’t want to pay for e-books
July 19, 2013 | 2:58 pm

ChinaStill don’t want to pay for e-books? You're not alone. A recent survey in China shows that many Chinese readers still have not bought e-books. The survey, which was conducted by OpenBook Co., found that just one in every four Chinese residents have paid for an e-book, the same ratio it found in 2010 when the survey was last conducted, according to Xinhua, an online Chinese news magazine. More than 8,000 people took the survey. The digital divide may be growing even bigger in China. From the article: "Of the 3,561 respondents polled at bookstores this year, seven times more people have never paid for...

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: ‘Cord Cutters’ Survey Makes Wrong Point
July 12, 2013 | 9:38 am

surveyGigaOM has a report about a comScore survey showing that 16 percent of Canadians "stream all of their TV from on-line sources." The survey also has an additional 35 percent of Canadians watching both traditional television and a further 35 percent only watching traditional television. Janko Roetggers correctly points out some food-for-thought in the results here: that Google, owner of YouTube, commissioned the survey, and that bandwith caps, which are prevalent in Canada, might be playing a factor in what Canadians watch on-line. But it also misses the point that if you don't ask the right questions, you won't get a full picture...

New study: Copyright extension makes works unavailable; public domain lets them flourish
July 7, 2013 | 4:15 pm

Does copyright help keep works available, by giving the creators incentive to make sure it’s around to be purchased so they can get money? Or does it hinder keeping works available, since there’s only one source who can permit it and if they’re not interested nobody can compete with them? That’s the question law professor Paul J. Heald set out to test in a statistical study. Heald (and his research assistant) used random ISBNs to sample 7,000 books from Amazon and rank them by date of publication. Then he looked at how many books from each decade were available, to determine...

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...

UK book buyer survey makes me scratch my head
July 2, 2013 | 6:38 pm

Here’s a story that leaves me puzzled. The Bookseller reports that a survey of over 2,000 UK book buyers claimed that 70.8% of 16-24-year-olds said that learning about the ways Internet-only booksellers get around paying UK taxes makes them less likely to shop on-line. It also claimed that the vast majority of people were concerned over vanishing bookstores and thought they were nice to have around, and a majority were concerned about showrooming. See the article for the exact stats. The thing is, these statistics don’t match up with what I would expect. I don’t know whether it’s a...

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...

Survey finds half of tablet consumers plan to buy an iPad
March 5, 2013 | 1:00 pm

iPad When looking for a new tablet, it seems consumers have Apple on the brain. The Yankee Group recently disclosed the results of a December survey in which it asked, "What brand of tablet do you intend to buy [next]?" For Apple, it was good news as nearly half of the 506 questioned picked the iconic brand. Apple Insider contends this is bad news for the rest of the tablet market, as 47 percent of surveyed consumers mentioned their intention to purchase an iPad. That left 26 percent of respondents going for an Android-based tablet, and 23 percent saying they were unsure, or didn’t know. Just one percent...

Our Valentines’s Day erotica e-reading survey results are in
February 21, 2013 | 11:46 am

Back on Valentine's Day (one week ago today), contributing writer Juli Monroe put together a just-for-fun survey that we hoped would tell us at least a little bit about the erotica e-reading habits of our audience. And the results are in! * * * Just under 40 percent of the survey's respondents (there were 31 in total) fessed up to buying blue lit in its electronic version as a way to hide their reading habits from others. This question's solitary "other" respondent said, "No, but I have downloaded free samples or free books." * * * Again, more "no" responses than "yes" for question number...

TeleRead’s Calibre Poll: The results are in!
August 27, 2012 | 1:25 pm

A million thank-you's to everyone who took the time out of their collective schedules to participate in our Calibre Survey over the weekend. As for the 100 101 of you who've taken the survey thus far, I'm sure you're at least somewhat curious to learn the final results. (And for those of you who may not have the slightest idea what I'm talking about, head on over to this post from last Friday, August 24.) At any rate, onto the results: We asked you to share your opinion about TeleRead's previous practice of republishing Calibre's weekly updates each Friday.  ¶ We found it particularly...

Who wants to take a poll? You do, that’s who!
August 24, 2012 | 2:24 pm

Happy Friday, TeleReaders! We've got an important question for you today, and we would truly appreciate hearing from as many of you as possible. It has to do with our previous practice of republishing Calibre's weekly updates (bug fixes, new features and so on) every Friday. We haven't yet decided if this is a practice we should continue, or halt immediately, and that's where you come in: Regardless of whether you log onto TeleRead five times a day or five times a year, we sincerely value your opinions. (Seriously. We're not joking. We really do want to know what you think.) So with that in...

Over half of surveyed e-reader owners use devices to conceal ‘shameful’ reading habits
May 29, 2012 | 12:46 am

The UK’s Daily Mail surveyed 1,863 UK readers on their e-book reading habits and determined that 34% of the readers surveyed admitted to using e-readers to conceal that they were reading erotic literature, 57% to hide reading children’s books such as Harry Potter, and 26% to hide their science fiction habit. (Science fiction is the Rodney Dangerfield of literary genres—it gets no respect, sometimes even from its own fans.) All in all, counting overlap in categories, 58% of the readers admitted using the device to “hide” reading something they wouldn’t want others to see them with. So much...

Authors report dissatisfaction with publishers over manuscript consideration time, other issues
May 25, 2012 | 11:33 pm

On FutureBook, blogger “Agent Orange” discusses the way manuscript consideration times have ballooned in recent years. Where it used to be a known standard that editors should take only one month to decide whether to offer or reject, now manuscripts can be held for a year or more without the authors hearing anything about them. While this might have flown in days before the Internet, now authors have social media and can communicate their anger with their publishers to other authors who might then be inclined not to do business with that publisher. And that’s not the worst of...

Over 1 in 5 Internet consumers own a Kindle says Citi survey
March 20, 2012 | 9:15 am

Laura Hazard Owen has a PaidContent post on a survey of the habits of over 1,100 “US Internet consumers” conducted by Citi analyst Mark Mahaney. Fully 23% of those surveyed own a Kindle-branded e-reader (which is really pretty impressive when you think about it). Perhaps more impressively, a July survey pegged Kindle owners at 12%, this means Kindle ownership has effectively doubled over the last 7 months. The survey also indicated that e-reader owners purchase on average 2.4 books per month, and 24% said they’d bought five or more books in the last thirty days. E-book reading is the most popular use...

46% of American adults own a smartphone
March 6, 2012 | 11:59 pm

Ars Technica and our sister blog Gadgetell have links to an interesting Pew Research survey on the demographics of smartphones. According to the survey, 46% of American adults now (think they) have smartphones. (8% aren’t sure whether what they have is a smartphone or not.) There are some numbers in the study relating to the demographics break down, but the most interesting takeaway for here, I think, is that now nearly half of American adults own a device that may be capable of reading e-books. It’s unclear how many of those people care about reading e-books on such a...

wordpress analytics