Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Consumer Survey - Prompted by Super Librarian
Wendy, the Super Librarian wrote up a post specifically asking the question "What are the book buying habits of other readers?" She goes on to specifically list her buying habits and encourages others to answer the question too.
I am definitely not the typical reader. I read about 150 - 180 books a year. Most people only read 1 - 10 books a year. That is quite a bit of difference between the two. So far this year I have read a total of 129 books.
Being the super statistics queen that I am, I keep a spreadsheet of all the books I read along with a few key notes such as genre, rating, etc. I haven't ever kept track of where my books come from in the past, but I wondered if I could go back and list this data.
Sure enough, I was able to piece the puzzle together to get an accurate idea of what percentage of books I buy new vs used. Keep in mind that these are only the books that I have READ this year. I have a huge pile of books WAITING to be read that are not included in these numbers. However, I do feel that graph below is fairly telling in how I acquire my books.
Here I have divided my books into five different groupings:
NEW 15% - These are books that I purchased new including ebooks, hardbacks, paperbacks and trade-size paperbacks. I know off the top of my head that I bought three hardback books this year - Burn by Linda Howard, Lover Revhenged by J. R. Ward and Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning.
USED 16% - These are books that I either bought used from a bookstore, or traded through paperbackswap.
LIBRARY 33% - These are books I get from the library
PAPERSPINE 18% - Paperspine is a book rental service, sort of like what Netflix is to movies. I pay $14.99 a month and they send me three books at a time.
FREE/ARC 18% - These are books that I get for free. The majority of these books are those that I got this past spring from the RT convention. I also receive some books from publicists and occasionally from authors themselves requesting reviews. I also have a friend who works for Barnes and Noble and she sends me books called "strips". These are books that have the cover torn off. I have no idea why anyone would deface a book, but it just goes to show that I'll read anything.
I am not surprised that the library is my highest category. My local librarians know me by name and face. However, I am surprised at how high the percentage is for books that I get for free. If you would have asked me to guess, I would have said maybe 5%. Same with books that I buy new. I don't feel like I buy that many new books, but I guess it adds up.