Back at the beginning of June, I posted a Book Buying Survey – and within a couple of days, thanks to many wonderful people on Twitter and elsewhere, I had over 100 responses! The total number was 110, and it would have kept on rising but unfortunately SurveyMonkey only lets you use 100 responses with a free account, so I had to close the survey and base my results on the first 100 responses. I’m finally publishing the results – I’ve made an infographic, and then I’m discussing them at the bottom. Let me know what you think!
And now to discuss the results!
- Are you a blogger? [Yes 87%, No 13%] – this didn’t surprise me, I believe the majority of my readers are fellow bloggers.
- What book formats do you tend to buy most often? You can choose more than one. [Paperback 78%, Ebook 50%, Hardback 34%, Audiobook 5%] – this really surprised me! I’ve noticed on many book haul posts that a lot of bloggers seem to buy hardbacks over paperbacks, so I was expecting that to come out top. I also wasn’t expecting ebooks to come in second place! I don’t know if some people counted books they received for free or ARCs, as well as ones they actually paid for, which might explain the ebooks.
- Do you buy most of your books brand new or secondhand? [Brand new 77%, Secondhand 23%] – again, not a surprise. Shiny new books! A lot of readers want a specific cover, plus if we’re all after new releases then it’s tricky to find them secondhand, at least for a while. Personally I buy most of mine secondhand, as I’m saving for uni, but I do buy brand new if I’m particularly excited for a release.
- Where do you tend to buy your books? You can choose more than one. [Online 83%, Bookshop chains 58%, Secondhand 34%, Independent bookshops 27%] – this is quite a sad result, but not at all surprising. There’s always news about how independent bookshops are dying out, and how big online retailers like Amazon are taking over the market. I do try to support my local bookshop when I can.
- Do you read ARCs? [Yes 74%, No 26%] – this means that some of the bloggers taking part don’t read any ARCs. I know of some bloggers who don’t, although most I know do tend to read them.
- If you read ARCs, do you tend to buy a finished copy of the book if you really enjoyed it? [Yes 33%, No 41%, I don’t read ARCs 26%] – only a third of ARC readers buy a finished copy of an ARC they’ve really enjoyed. I am guilty of this, although there are several I have intentions of buying when I can afford to. I suppose this also depends on people’s preferences in another way: personally if I love a book and I don’t own it, I’ll make sure to buy it one day. Some people read and never re-read so what’s the point in buying a copy? It is nice to see that some people do buy the finished copies though!
- Do you tend to buy several books at once, or just one at a time? [Several at once 74%, Just the one 26%] – some people can obviously show more self restraint, unlike me! I’m glad to see that the majority feel the need to buy a stack of books in one go though…
- What normally encourages you to buy a book? You can choose more than one option. [A book that is by a favourite author or part of a favourite series 88%, Reviews online/on blogs 77%, Recommendations from friends 61%, Anticipated release 61%, The blurb 57%, The cover 56%, The genre 48%, Impulse buy 28%, Reviews in professional publications 13%] – I’m really not surprised by this order! It was nice to see that over a quarter of us indulge in impulse buys, and over half of us are encouraged by our friends and fellow readers to try a book out.
- Do you have a favourite publisher, or publishers, that you prefer to buy from? [Yes 28%, No 19%, The publisher makes no difference 53%] – I don’t know why I phrased this question in this way, because I guess both ‘No’ and ‘The publisher makes no difference’ are really the same. But I was surprised to see that over a quarter of respondents have a favourite publisher. I guess I also have a few that I have a little soft spot for, because they’re always brilliant on social media, communications and the like.
- Do you ever preorder books? [Yes but only if I’m anticipating the release 65%, Yes for every book I buy 0%, No 34%, Skipped 1] – quite a few people tend to preorder, it seems! I don’t think I’ve ever preordered a book. Video games and films yes, but never a book for some reason…