Quick Note: Dear Author’s ebook survey results – sort of

Screen shot 2009-11-05 at 8.58.43 AM.pngRemember the Dear Author survey I suggested you take? Well the results are in, but are not very useful

Dear Author will let you download the raw data or download a set of Powerpoint slides, but they are not giving us any hint of the results on their blog. Personally, I don’t need to fool with data and I certainly don’t want a bunch of Powerpoint slides on my Mac that I will have to download extra software to read.

Pity – waste of time to have filled it out.

8 Comments on Quick Note: Dear Author’s ebook survey results – sort of

  1. An interesting presentation, made into words small enough for even a senior executive. Alas, we’re the choir. Let’s hope the archbishops heard the sermon.

    I’m surprised nothing you have would read it. Open Office took it just fine.

    Jack Tingle

  2. Hey Paul. The download is a CSV file and is simply raw data. The ppt slides don’t require extra software to download, as far as I know. I am happy to provide the charts and graphs of the data in a more consumable format, but I haven’t had the time. Will do so within the next month or so. Thanks for the feedback.

  3. I don’t think it was a waste of time. The slides were great. Thanks to whomever was responsible for them.

  4. I was curious to see some details so downloaded the raw data and did some quick and dirty analysis. You can download the response results for all of the non-write-in questions at http://drskippy.net/data/DearAuthorEBookReaderSurveyReport_2010-02-18.txt

    Responses are shown by count and fraction of respondents, including and excluding Null values.

    Data for all responders is shown first. The report is repeated 10 additional times, once for each eReader type (Nook, Kindle, etc.) in the survey.

    Hope this helps.

  5. I looked at the slideshow through an online viewer. It isn’t very informative in terms of statistics; however, here are a couple:

    “Do you feel like publishers care about you as an ebook reader? 7.11% NO”

    “73% of readers surveyed have not pirated.”

  6. Sorry, that should be 75.11% NO.

  7. You should really be applauding them for making the raw data available. It’s all too rarely done, but when it is, just a few people with the skills to do further analysis can generate information useful to everyone.

  8. I had a little more time to work on this so created a cross-tab to compare results for reader types and genres. Open this one with Excel.


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