Feb 28 2010
First and most importantly, the random winner to the survey was survey no. 1768 who owns a Kindle who made this comment about ebooks and publishers:
I’ve been reading ebooks for a long time and the main things I like are convenience of taking many away from home to read easily and the space saving vs. print books in the home, and are now becoming a want for more and more readers. Yet, I still think overall (production and promotion both) it can’t cost as much to produce as a print, and do not want to pay the same, and certainly not more, as a print version, especially considering I can’t share with family and close friends like a print, which helps us all get to read more than we can afford by pooling our resources. I’ve found through the years sharing with a few family members and close friends overall we tend to buy more, especially being able to introduce new authors to each other which encourages the individual to buy again as an individual when they like that new author. Thus, being able to share an ebook with a group of family/close friends is a great incentive, which would include having it in a format that could be read on more than one specific device.
I hate the trend of delaying the ebook release date, no way is that going to influence me on buying a hardcover, or even paperback, if I want the ebook – the only influence on ebook v. print for me would be the price. Multiple formats are important as our readers can change as we replace (due to age of device, new purchase, gift, etc.), we don’t want to be left with an ebook that can no longer be read by use due to one device restriction.
I’ve seen many suggestions around as to added bonus content for ebooks to encourage sales, but in reality, I and most readers I know just want to read the story – enough “extra features” can probably be found online if one wants that. Most of us can’t afford the extra features and glitz, just want to read the story by our favorite authors, and as many as we can try to fit into our budgets. It always comes down to what the consumer can afford or thinks is a value, as in all products. I will say, for a book I really can’t wait to read, if the price is right, I’m liable to go for instant gratification and download the ebook to read right away on release.
Here is the raw survey data to be downloaded.
My feeling was that we were fairly well received. There were definitely people that didn’t look interested but overall, the feedback that we received was positive. I wish that we had included actual video of readers like they did in the LibreDigital session because I found those fascinating. If we get the chance to do this again, I’ll be asking the Dear Author community to videotape themselves!
I’m not sure what you would like to know about the session. You can see the slides here (this link will open a new window and download the ppt presentation) and obviously download the data in the link above. If you have specific questions, I’ll do my best to answer them.