Digital Book World conducting author survey

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
November 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Digital 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 [...]

DBW recrunch of Hugh Howey AuthorEarnings numbers yields interesting conclusions

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 14, 2014 // 2 Comments

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 [...]

Why do writers publish? What do they make? Social science findings from DBW

By libertyc
December 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Survey shows Chinese still don't want to pay for e-books

By libertyc
July 19, 2013 // 1 Comment

Still 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 [...]

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: 'Cord Cutters' Survey Makes Wrong Point

By libertyc
July 12, 2013 // 7 Comments

GigaOM 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. [...]

New study: Copyright extension makes works unavailable; public domain lets them flourish

By libertyc
July 7, 2013 // 4 Comments

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? [...]

Frankfurt Book Fair survey finds media sector in state of runny flux

By libertyc
July 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

A 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 [...]

UK book buyer survey makes me scratch my head

By libertyc
July 2, 2013 // 6 Comments

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 [...]

Survey: Do you give e-books as gifts? Why, or why not?

By libertyc
June 20, 2013 // 2 Comments

Time 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 [...]

Survey finds half of tablet consumers plan to buy an iPad

By libertyc
March 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Our Valentines's Day erotica e-reading survey results are in

By Dan Eldridge
February 21, 2013 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

TeleRead's Calibre Poll: The results are in!

By libertyc
August 27, 2012 // 4 Comments

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 [...]

Who wants to take a poll? You do, that's who!

By libertyc
August 24, 2012 // 6 Comments

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 [...]

Over half of surveyed e-reader owners use devices to conceal ‘shameful’ reading habits

By libertyc
May 29, 2012 // 7 Comments

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 [...]

Authors report dissatisfaction with publishers over manuscript consideration time, other issues

By libertyc
May 25, 2012 // 4 Comments

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 [...]

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