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Old 02-11-2009, 03:54 PM   #1
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Your opinion on e-books

Students in information-communication, we have a project on e-books and would like to have your opinion on these.
A moment to give us?
To save you time, this questionnaire is pre-filled. Simply highlight / frame ... your answer.
(And sorry for our bad english ))

Are you a man or a woman?
Male Female

Were do you live?

How old are you?
16-25 years 26-35 years
35-45 years 46-55 years
55-65 years Over 65 years

In which occupational group do you work?
Craftsman
Semiskilled worker
Intermediate
Commercial
Student
Executive
Without retired (unemployed, at home ...)
Other

What e-book do you have?

How long do you have e-book?
1 month 3 months
2 months 4 months
More (specify)

Is this a personal purchase?
Yes No

Is this a professional purchase?
Yes No

Did you receive it as a gift?

Yes No

Are you satisfied with your e-book?
Not at all satisfied Somewhat satisfied
Satisfied Very satisfied

If not satisfied, can you tell us why?

How many books have you downloaded?
- than 3 books
3 to 10 books
10 to 20 books
20 to 50 books
50 to 100 books
Over than 100 books

On average, how many hours per week do you use your e-book?
1 hour 2 hours
3 hours 4 hours
5 hours More than 5 hours (specify)

Which database do you use to download your digital book?


Get you more works free (public domain) or paid work?
Free books
Paid work

Where do you use most often your e-book?
Public transport
House
Job

What types of books do you read?
Fiction
Current events
School books
Practical life (kitchen, garden, health ...)
Social science (philosophy, psychology, economy ...)
Scientific and technical books
Dictionaries, encyclopedias
Other (specify)


How would you define your e-book?
Handy Yes No
Practice Yes No
Comfortable Yes No
Useful Yes No
Readable Yes No
Esthetic Yes No
Revolutionary Yes No
Economic Yes No


What do you think of the electronic reading?

Thank you very much time you devoted to this questionnaire.
Marjorie & Aurore

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Old 02-11-2009, 04:30 PM   #2
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Students in information-communication, we have a project on e-books and would like to have your opinion on these.
A moment to give us?
To save you time, this questionnaire is pre-filled. Simply highlight / frame ... your answer.
(And sorry for our bad english ))

Are you a man or a woman?
Male Female

Were do you live?
England

How old are you?
16-25 years 26-35 years
35-45 years 46-55 years
55-65 years Over 65 years

In which occupational group do you work?
Craftsman
Semiskilled worker
Intermediate
Profession Liberal
Commercial
Student
Executive
Without retired (unemployed, at home ...)
Other

What e-book do you have?
Sony Reader Prs-505

How long do you have e-book?
1 month 3 months
2 months 4 months
More (specify)

Is this a personal purchase?
Yes No

Is this a professional purchase?
Yes No

Is this a gift?
Yes No

Are you satisfied with your e-book?
Not at all satisfied Somewhat satisfied
Satisfied Very satisfied

If not satisfied, can you tell us why?

How many books have you downloaded?
- than 3 books
3 to 10 books
10 to 20 books
20 to 50 books
Over 50 books

On average, how many hours per week do you use your e-book?
1 hour 2 hours
3 hours 4 hours
5 hours More than 5 hours (specify)
Hard to quantify, will spend a few hours or more reading each day.

Which database do you use to download your digital book?

Mostly Fictionwise for paid books, this site for public domain ones.

Get you more works free (public domain) or paid work (recent works)?
Free books
Paid work

Where do you use most often your e-book?
Public transport
House
Job

What types of books do you read?
Literature
Current events
School books
Practical life (kitchen, garden, health ...)
Social science (tests, papers ...)
Scientific and technical books
Dictionaries, encyclopedias
Other (specify)


How would you define your e-book?
Handy Yes No
Practice Yes No (?)
Comfortable Yes No
Useful Yes No
Readable Yes No
Esthetic Yes No
Revolutionary Yes No
Economic Yes No


What do you think of the electronic reading?
In terms of paid content, its not quite there yet. Both availability and price need work. The technology is impressive though, and I no longer enjoy reading paper books as a result of it.

Thank you very much time you devoted to this questionnaire.
Marjorie & Aurore
Hopefully this is what you wanted
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Students in information-communication, we have a project on e-books and would like to have your opinion on these.
A moment to give us?
To save you time, this questionnaire is pre-filled. Simply highlight / frame ... your answer.
(And sorry for our bad english ))

Are you a man or a woman?
Male Female

Were do you live?
USA

How old are you?
16-25 years 26-35 years
35-45 years 46-55 years
55-65 years Over 65 years

In which occupational group do you work?
Craftsman
Semiskilled worker
Intermediate
Profession Liberal
Commercial
Student
Executive
Without retired (unemployed, at home ...)
Other

What e-book do you have?
All I can get my hands on. Now if you want to know my ebook readers, they are:

Dell Axim X51V
Bookeen Cybook Gen3 (2)
Sony PRS-500
Netronix EB-100


How long do you have e-book?
1 month 3 months
2 months 4 months
More (1.5 years)

Is this a personal purchase?
Yes No

Is this a professional purchase?
Yes No

Is this a gift?
Yes No

Just so you know, one of each of my readers falls into each of the above categories.

Are you satisfied with your e-book?
Not at all satisfied - Sony PRS-500 Somewhat satisfied
Satisfied - Cybook Gen3 Very satisfied

If not satisfied, can you tell us why?
It's old and not as versatile/useful.

How many books have you downloaded?
- than 3 books
3 to 10 books
10 to 20 books
20 to 50 books
Over 50 books

On average, how many hours per week do you use your e-book?
1 hour 2 hours
3 hours 4 hours
5 hours More than 5 hours (40+)

Which database do you use to download your digital book?

None. HOWEVER, I browse/buy/download from BooksOnBoard.com, eReader.com, Fictionwise.com and Mobipocket.com.

Get you more works free (public domain) or paid work (recent works)?
Free books
Paid work


Where do you use most often your e-book?
Public transport
House

Job

What types of books do you read?
FICTION - Literature is for ivory-tower university professors.
Literature
Current events
School books
Practical life (kitchen, garden, health ...)
Social science (tests, papers ...)
Scientific and technical books
Dictionaries, encyclopedias
Other (specify)


How would you define your e-book?
Handy Yes No
Practice Yes No - I don't allow it to practice.
Comfortable Yes No
Useful Yes No
Readable Yes No
Esthetic Yes No - I consider comfort much more than aesthetics.
Revolutionary Yes No - If I want revolutionary, I'll hire a revolutionist.
Economic Yes No


What do you think of the electronic reading?
My electronics better not be reading. Their job is to work for me, not goof off on my time. IOW, I LOVE to read e-books!

Thank you very much time you devoted to this questionnaire.
Marjorie & Aurore
Derek
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Students in information-communication, we have a project on e-books and would like to have your opinion on these.
A moment to give us?
Some of your phrasing is so odd, it's hard to figure out what you mean. I've edited some of the questions.

Are you a man or a woman?
Male Female

Where do you live?
Oakland, California; USA

How old are you?
16-25 years 26-35 years
35-45 years 46-55 years
55-65 years Over 65 years

In which occupational group do you work?
(Note: these are not common ways of describing jobs in the U.S, and people may not understand what you mean by them. I have no idea what "Profession Liberal" means.)

Craftsman
Semiskilled worker
Intermediate
Profession Liberal
Commercial
Student
Executive
None/Retired (unemployed, at home ...)
Other

What e-book reading device do you have?
Sony PRS-505, and a couple of Cliés, which I no longer use regularly.

How long do you have e-book?
1 month 3 months
2 months 4 months
More (specify)
Sony: 3 months
Cliés: 2 years


Is this a personal purchase?
Yes No

Was this a professional purchase?
Yes No

Was this a gift?
Yes No
(Note: asking "was this a gift" implies "did you receive it as a gift?" Asking "is this a gift?" implies "Are you planning on giving it to someone else?" Also, it's possible these three could be combined into one question.)

Are you satisfied with your e-book?
Not at all satisfied Somewhat satisfied
Satisfied Very satisfied

If not satisfied, can you tell us why?
I am satisfied--it acts as I expected. The cover broke after a couple of weeks, and I am occasionally annoyed at long times for loading books, which is why I'm not "very satisfied."

How many books have you downloaded?
- than 3 books
3 to 10 books
10 to 20 books
20 to 50 books
Over 50 books
(I suspect you'll want to increase this number if you're asking regular readers of ebooks--since Sony offers 100 free downloads with purchase, and many free ebook sites have thousands of books, it's very common to have downloaded hundreds of books even if one hasn't read them.)


On average, how many hours per week do you use your e-book?
1 hour 2 hours
3 hours 4 hours
5 hours More than 5 hours (specify)
Probably 6-10 hours/week. It's hard to guess accurately, because I read on public transit and during breaks at work.

Which program do you use to download your digital book?
Various. I occasionally use Sony's library program. More often, I use Calibre to convert books from other formats to LRF. Sometimes I just throw PDFs or RTFs onto the reader without any conversion.

(This is a hard-to-understand question. I *download* books with Firefox, usually. I *install them on the Reader* with Sony's eLibrary, or Calibre, or Windows explorer.)


Get you more works free (public domain) or paid work (recent works)?
Free books
Paid work

(Another troublesome question. I have a large collection of free, Creative Commons works, which are recent and not in the public domain.)


Where do you use most often your e-book?
Public transport
House
Job

I use my Reader the majority of time I'm on public transit--but I spend more hours using it at home. I answered by percentage of time, rather than hours.

What types of books do you read?
Literature
Current events
School books
Practical life (kitchen, garden, health ...)
Social science (tests, papers ...)
Scientific and technical books
Dictionaries, encyclopedias
Other (specify)

Science fiction/fantasy, Fanfiction, Essays, Documentaries, Philosophy, Spirituality.
(Another troublesome question; these aren't how I mentally categorize books. Is all fiction considered "Literature?" And the nonfiction I read doesn't fit into any of those categories.)

How would you define your e-book?
Handy Yes No
Practical Yes No
Comfortable Yes No
Useful Yes No
Readable Yes No
Esthetic Yes No
Revolutionary Yes No
Economic Yes No

What do you think of the electronic reading?
I prefer books on screen; I no longer read books on paper if I can avoid it at all, and am considering converting some of the books I have and wish to read to ebooks because it'd be less annoying than reading the paper format.

However, I know that what appeals to me doesn't appeal to everyone, and until there's an eInk screen that's at least 5x7" and under $150, ebooks aren't going to appeal to many people. I don't think ebooks are going to "eliminate paper books" within the next 50 years, and maybe not ever--but I do think they're going to change the publishing industries.
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Are you a man or a woman?
Male Female

Were do you live?
The Netherlands

How old are you?
16-25 years 26-35 years
35-45 years 46-55 years
55-65 years Over 65 years

In which occupational group do you work?
Craftsman I guess..
Semiskilled worker
Intermediate
Profession Liberal
Commercial
Student
Executive
Without retired (unemployed, at home ...)
Other

What e-book do you have?
Cybook Gen 3

How long do you have e-book?
1 month 3 months
2 months 4 months
More (specify) 6 months

Is this a personal purchase?
Yes No

Is this a professional purchase?
Yes No

Is this a gift?
Yes No

Are you satisfied with your e-book?
Not at all satisfied Somewhat satisfied
Satisfied Very satisfied Yes I realy am

If not satisfied, can you tell us why?

How many books have you downloaded?
- than 3 books
3 to 10 books
10 to 20 books
20 to 50 books
Over 50 books

On average, how many hours per week do you use your e-book?
1 hour 2 hours
3 hours 4 hours
5 hours More than 5 hours (specify) About 10 hours/week

Which database do you use to download your digital book?

None

Get you more works free (public domain) or paid work (recent works)?
Free books
Paid work

Where do you use most often your e-book?
Public transport
House
Job

What types of books do you read?
Literature / Fiction (Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Humor, Mysterie etc. )Current events
School books
Practical life (kitchen, garden, health ...)
Social science (tests, papers ...)
Scientific and technical books
Dictionaries, encyclopedias
Other (specify)


How would you define your e-book?
Handy Yes No
Practice Yes No
Comfortable Yes No
Useful Yes No
Readable Yes No
Esthetic Yes, it's not a Kindle No
Revolutionary Yes No
Economic Yes No


What do you think of the electronic reading?
E-Book-readers are still too fragile and content is far from 100% available, but I guess it's going in the right direction at the moment.


Thank you very much time you devoted to this questionnaire.
Marjorie & Aurore
good luck with your survey
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Old 02-11-2009, 05:45 PM   #6
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Thank you Elfwreck for the edit! (my english is really pathetic)
And others for the answers.
It's very useful for us, and we'll try to communicate the result of the inquiry in your website.
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Be sure Elfwreck, we dont' want to increase the result (for the number of books), in France, the e-book is a very recent phenomen, so, at the begining, we'll never imagine that people have download so many books. Actually, the question: over than 100 books? is a reality...
Your point of view is levelheaded and very interesting: thank you very much!

[Moreover, i'll never imagine that "Literature" could be something for wisemen in an ivory-tower : ]

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Students in information-communication, we have a project on e-books and would like to have your opinion on these.
A moment to give us?
To save you time, this questionnaire is pre-filled. Simply highlight / frame ... your answer.
(And sorry for our bad english ))

Are you a man or a woman?
Male Female

Were do you live? midwest IL, USA

How old are you?
16-25 years 26-35 years
35-45 years 46-55 years
55-65 years Over 65 years

In which occupational group do you work?
Craftsman
Semiskilled worker
Intermediate
Profession Liberal
Commercial
Student
Executive
Without retired (unemployed, at home ...) stay-at-home mom
Other

What e-book do you have? Sony PRS-700

How long do you have e-book?
1 month 3 months
2 months 4 months
More (specify)

Is this a personal purchase?
Yes No

Is this a professional purchase?
Yes No

Is this a gift? If I didn't receive this as a gift, I would've purchased it myself.
Yes No

Are you satisfied with your e-book?
Not at all satisfied Somewhat satisfied
Satisfied Very satisfied If not satisfied, can you tell us why?

How many books have you downloaded?
- than 3 books
3 to 10 books
10 to 20 books
20 to 50 books
Over 50 books

On average, how many hours per week do you use your e-book?
1 hour 2 hours
3 hours 4 hours
5 hours More than 5 hours (specify)

Which database do you use to download your digital book?
Sony Connect, MobileRead freebies, Symptio

Get you more works free (public domain) or paid work (recent works)?
Free books
Paid work

Where do you use most often your e-book?
Public transport
House But I also take it with me everywhere.
Job

What types of books do you read?
Literature
Current events
School books
Practical life (kitchen, garden, health ...)
Social science (tests, papers ...)
Scientific and technical books
Dictionaries, encyclopedias
Other (specify) The Bible, daily devotional, mostly Christian content (fiction and non-fiction), family and educational


How would you define your e-book?
Handy Yes No
Practice Yes No
Comfortable Yes No
Useful Yes No
Readable Yes No
Esthetic Yes No
Revolutionary Yes No
Economic Yes No


What do you think of the electronic reading? I truly enjoy being able to bring my reading, a whole library, with me everywhere and the ability to adjust the font size and eInk for my increasingly poor eyesight.

Thank you very much time you devoted to this questionnaire.
Marjorie & Aurore
I hope this is helpful!
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Be sure Elfwreck, we dont' want to increase the result (for the number of books), in France, the e-book is a very recent phenomen, so, at the begining, we'll never imagine that people have download so many books.
(That should probably be "we'd never imagined; "we'll" is future tense.)

Many people who are new to ebooks have *downloaded* many; the key question is whether they have *read* many ebooks. People who only know about paid ebook sites may have only downloaded a small number, but those who visit free sites may download many ebooks.

And that can be a hard question too; at Fictionwise, they sell many "ebooks" that are single short stories, rather than novels. I suspect that a more practical question would be:

How many ebooks have you acquired for your ebook reader?
• A number you can count.
• More than you bother to keep aware of.

But that doesn't fit as nicely into survey methods.
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eBookwise, 26 months, personal purchase, Satisfied, over 200 books read on it, 20-25 hours per week, mostly free books from various sources, read at home, mostly fiction with some nonfiction (primarily history)

handy, practical, comfortable, useful, readable, economic = yes;
aesthetic = not really; revolutionary = in its time

Very nearly all books I read, I do so as ebooks, with only newspapers and magazines read on paper
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Male Female

Were do you live?
BC, Canada

How old are you?
16-25 years 26-35 years
35-45 years 46-55 years
55-65 years Over 65 years

In which occupational group do you work?
Craftsman
Semiskilled worker
Intermediate
Commercial
Student
Executive
Without retired (unemployed, at home ...)
Other

What e-book do you have?
Cybook Gen3, HP iPAQ

How long do you have e-book?
1 month 3 months
2 months 4 months
More (specify) I have been using my iPAQ pda to read eBooks for over 4 years, I have had my Cybook since December 2007.

Is this a personal purchase?
Yes No

Is this a professional purchase?
Yes No

Did you receive it as a gift?
Yes No

Are you satisfied with your e-book?
Not at all satisfied Somewhat satisfied
Satisfied Very satisfied

If not satisfied, can you tell us why?

How many books have you downloaded?
- than 3 books
3 to 10 books
10 to 20 books
20 to 50 books
50 to 100 books
Over than 100 books Fictionwise shows 747 items, if I include free eBooks and those purchased at other eBook stores I am probably at almost 1000 downloaded. Perhaps 600 read, many short stories included.

On average, how many hours per week do you use your e-book?
1 hour 2 hours
3 hours 4 hours
5 hours More than 5 hours (specify) I read a minimum of 15 hrs a week, I only read on my eBook reader

Which database do you use to download your digital book?
Fictionwise and Books On Board for paid books, MoblileRead for public domain ones.

Get you more works free (public domain) or paid work?
Free books
Paid work

Where do you use most often your e-book?
Public transport
House
Job

What types of books do you read?
Fiction
Current events
School books
Practical life (kitchen, garden, health ...)
Social science (philosophy, psychology, economy ...)
Scientific and technical books
Dictionaries, encyclopedias
Other (specify)

How would you define your e-book?
Handy Yes No
Practical Yes No
Comfortable Yes No
Useful Yes No
Readable Yes No
Esthetic Yes No
Revolutionary Yes No
Economic Yes No

What do you think of the electronic reading?
I do the vast majority of my reading in electronic format. After the years of reading on my PDA and the past year reading on my Cybook I find it awkward to read a paper book now.
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Be sure Elfwreck, we dont' want to increase the result (for the number of books), in France, the e-book is a very recent phenomen, so, at the begining, we'll never imagine that people have download so many books. Actually, the question: over than 100 books? is a reality...
Your point of view is levelheaded and very interesting: thank you very much!

[Moreover, i'll never imagine that "Literature" could be something for wisemen in an ivory-tower : ]

Ummm... Isn't Mobipocket based in France? Been in business for more than five years? How can e-books and e-book readers be a 'recent phenomenon'??? And I know that Bookeen is a French company that's been in business for several years.

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Your point of view is levelheaded and very interesting: thank you very much!

[Moreover, i'll never imagine that "Literature" could be something for wisemen in an ivory-tower : ]
Over here (the USofA) we tend to think of "Literature" to be pretentious scribblings written (and read and forced upon unsuspecting students) by "ivory tower" professors. ("Ivory tower" calling forth the image of out-of-touch-with-the-world.) "Fiction" is what the average reader devours faster than it can be published.

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