Jun 23 2012
Saturday Midday Links & Deals: Pew Study on library lending shows ignorance of options, lack of options, and buying power of library patrons
Pew did a study of digital library lending. The highlights include:
- “12% of readers of e-books borrowed an e-book from the library in the past year. But a majority of Americans do not know that this service is provided by their local library.”
- “E-book borrowers appreciate the selection of e-books at their local library, but they often encounter wait lists, unavailable titles, or incompatible file formats.”
- “58% of Americans have a library card, and 69% say that their local library is important to them and their family.”
- “Library card holders are more than twice as likely to have bought their most recent book than to have borrowed it from a library. Many e-book borrowers purchase e-books, too.”
It’s worthwhile to pay attention to what Mike Shatzkin says even if you don’t agree with him because some of the big 6 pay him for consulting advice. Thus, when he says publicly that publishers are doing the right thing by restricting access, it’s important because publishers are likely listening to him.
Some fascinating statistics from a survey of self published authors. Some of the statistics compiled seem to contradict each other. One thing I’ve learned is that all big time self publishing authors have one thing in common. Huge numbers of reviews/ratings on Amazon and Goodreads. I’m heartened to see that increased earnings exist for those who put out a professional product. I guess the question is whether the 13% higher return is worth the investment.
- The average Top Earner spent 69% more time writing than the average author outside of the Top Earners group. They write on average a third more words than their non-Top Earning counterparts, but they also spend an average of 24% more time on those words.
- Respondents who’d had their work rejected by traditional publishing and then opted to self-publish it were among the lowest earners.
- Self-publishing authors who went straight to publication without submitting their work to traditional publishers earned 2.5 times more than those who submitted it and got rejected.
- Respondents who paid professionals for services like story-editing, copyediting and proofreading earned on average 13% more than those who didn’t. Hiring a professional cover designer earned them on average 18% more. Yet, not all paid-for services translate into a significant increase in earnings. Self-publishers who hired professional e-book formatters only saw average earnings of 1% more.
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