October 28th, 2010

Where did you buy your last book?


There's a lot of talk about how the publishing industry has changed over the last few years, and how much it's going to change in the near future.

I sometimes wonder how much of that is hype. After all, we're creatures of habit, and though we do accept change, many folks are slow to accept it.  

I thought it might be interesting to find out. If you can spare a minute, I'd appreciate you answering a couple of questions about the LAST book you bought.

Poll #1637480 THE LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT

The format of the last book I bought was

a hardback
40(27.6%)
a paperback
92(63.4%)
an audio book
0(0.0%)
an eBook
13(9.0%)

It was published by...

a major publishing company.
121(84.0%)
a small/independent publishing company.
18(12.5%)
the author.
3(2.1%)
Something else, which I'll explain in the comments.
2(1.4%)

I bought it from...

a bookstore.
76(52.4%)
a bookclub.
0(0.0%)
the author, at a book signing.
3(2.1%)
the author, at a book fayre or festival.
4(2.8%)
a website.
54(37.2%)
Somewhere else, which I'll explain in the comments.
8(5.5%)

I chose it because...

I liked the author.
72(50.3%)
I liked the blurb/opening page etc.
14(9.8%)
I liked the cover.
1(0.7%)
someone recommended it to me.
27(18.9%)
Something else, which I'll explain in the comments.
29(20.3%)

It was...

for me.
136(95.1%)
a gift.
7(4.9%)
Many thanks for taking part. I'm interested to see if bookstores are becoming as endangered as folks predict.