View Full Version : A survey on ebooks


ardeegee
03-15-2010, 03:16 PM
Take a few moments to fill this out:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/loom/2010/03/15/the-science-reader-help-me-draw-a-profile/

JSWolf
03-15-2010, 03:18 PM
You didn't mention it's a survey on science eBooks.

ardeegee
03-15-2010, 05:25 PM
I didn't realize that it was necessary to define all links related to ebooks by genre. Sorry if I wasted your time on something that isn't fiction.

fugazied
03-15-2010, 06:48 PM
I don't read a great deal of science journals but the occaisional Dawkins book.
Poll completed!

WT Sharpe
03-15-2010, 07:03 PM
I took the survey. The question that really got me was "How many e-books do you buy in a year?":
0
1
2
3
4 or more?

How many do you buy in a week might have been a more appropriate question!

MovieBird
03-15-2010, 08:59 PM
Paywalls are anathema. Nobody clicks on ads. The value of news is zero dollars and zero cents.

I wonder how Google manages to make money then...

Xanthe
03-16-2010, 01:10 AM
I took the survey. The question that really got me was "How many e-books do you buy in a year?":
0
1
2
3
4 or more?

How many do you buy in a week might have been a more appropriate question!

Buy??? ;)

With all the free ebooks out there, I haven't gotten around to buying them yet. But then again, I just got my Libre this year. :D

AlexBell
03-16-2010, 04:40 AM
Take a few moments to fill this out:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/loom/2010/03/15/the-science-reader-help-me-draw-a-profile/

If it's still on the site it's well hidden.

Regards, Alex

TGS
03-16-2010, 09:17 AM
If it's still on the site it's well hidden.

Regards, Alex

You have to scroll to the bottom of the article then click on the "View survey" link.

kindlekitten
03-16-2010, 02:27 PM
You didn't mention it's a survey on science eBooks.

it's still a good survey to take. I think a lot of industry modeling is taking place right now and there is going to be cross information; ie people relying on each other's polls, surveys, etc until ebooks are not such a "new" thing.

AlexBell
03-17-2010, 04:06 AM
You have to scroll to the bottom of the article then click on the "View survey" link.

Thanks, but all I see at the bottom is a 'submit comment' form. There is a note on the twitter section on the right to the effect that it closes today.

Regards, Alex

lene1949
03-17-2010, 05:22 AM
It's not all the way to the bottom... Try 3/4 way.. It's there..

ardeegee
03-17-2010, 06:19 PM
Results:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/loom/2010/03/17/the-science-reader-a-crowd-sourced-profile/

WT Sharpe
03-17-2010, 06:27 PM
Results:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/loom/2010/03/17/the-science-reader-a-crowd-sourced-profile/

I'm somewhat stunned by results as they relate to ebooks.

Elfwreck
03-17-2010, 06:51 PM
Mm-hmm. Easy to forget what a tiny niche we're in.

Ebooks are great for novels, less great for linear nonfiction (where you might want to jump around between chapters, especially after the first read), and atrocious for anything with charts & tables. And the best of the current text readers are B&W only; can't show color pics, can't show large pics. They're awful for research work; the annotation abilities are limited at best, and there's no easy "four colors of post-it notes" ability.

Some of these problems will be overcome with tech advances; some may never be fixed, but enhanced search & other ebook abilities may overtake them.

Steven Lyle Jordan
03-19-2010, 03:58 PM
We may be in a small niche, but it may not be that small. Keep in mind that this survey was targeting a niche audience in itself, those who visit that blog, so it is not indicative of all readers, and was online for only 2 days. I'm sure many who might have posted in it did not hear about it at all, or heard about it too late to post (like myself).