Data and deals, we have!
First: Rainbow Romance Writers are doing a survey of romance readers and asked me to pass along the link to you. I enquired what the survey data was going to used for, and they told me, “we're mostly just gathering intel. It's sort of piggybacking off of the survey that RWA did recently but with a few more specific questions, with some focus on LGBT romance, although we're looking for a pretty broad range of responses. Some of what we do with what we find will depend on what the data reveals, but we may use the findings in chapter literature and in public advocacy with vendors and the media. (And responses are anonymous.)” If you're interested in participating or looking at the questions, the survey is online.
If you missed this: Cakewrecks featured a confection that totally ought to make an appearance in a romance novel, if not on the cover itself!
GeekMom's Corrina Lawson wrote about the Boner Donor Bingo game I ran at Romantic Times last Saturday. We registered over 50 new people for the bone marrow registry, and when I spoke with the folks from DKMS, they were thrilled. Thank you to everyone who provided prizes, in-person assistance, or helped me spread the word!
Tina C. sent me this link, with a note, “Hey! I'm from Lexington!” The Atlantic posted data from Priceonomics about sales of Amazon Kindle devices by city. Nook sales were examined, but “didn't change the results.” Then there was some references to judgement against those who haven't switched to e (I could care less how you read the romance novel – I want to know which one you read and how you liked it!) and something about nerds. Whatever. The data was somewhat interesting. The top five cities with the most Kindle sales were:
- Lexington, Kentucky
- Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Anchorage, Alaska
- Madison, Wisconsin
- Greenville… South Carolina?
When you dig into the data about where Kindles are actually bought and sold, the most “cosmopolitan” cities in America are soundly beaten by mid-sized cities in the Midwest and South. Moreover, our data suggests that dedicated e-readers aren't very popular devices anywhere. In the landscape of consumer electronics, e-readers barely register.
I know I have replaced my cell phone more often than I've upgraded my e-reader, but part of that is because setting up the reader the way I want is a pain, and the prospect of doing so sends me running in the other direction. Upgrading a phone is a lot easier, especially since most of the apps I've purchased are downloaded automatically to the new device. What I find interesting is that the cities who are in the top five don't seem to have as long a commute as the other cities, which The Atlantic refers to as “the most 'cosmopolitan'” – and given the data Kobo provided at recent conferences that indicated more people read during their commute, I'm a little surprised that there weren't more “long commute” cities in the top results. That said, it may be that those people are reading on a multi-function device, not an e-reader.
Do you see a lot of people using e-readers where you live? Or do you see people using other devices to read?
Finally, Avon has some pre-order specials in ebook form for titles that are coming out in May:
- The Fireman Who Loved Me by Jennifer Bernard * $4.99 * A | BN | K | S
- A Warrior's Promise by Donna Fletcher * $4.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Kiss of Pride by Sandra Hill * $4.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Lyon's Bride: The Chattan Curse by Cathy Maxwell * $4.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Wicked Road to Hell by Juliana Stone * $4.99 * A | BN | K | S
- After the Abduction by Sabrina Jeffries * $4.99 * A | BN | K | S