In mid-February, I asked for your responses in a very low-key, utterly not-scientific survey about Where you like to buy your books, and in what format.
Behold, the results! First, this is hands down my favorite comment in response to “Tell me what store or buying option I forgot:”
Mostly, I buy at the drugstore/grocery store these days. But I’ve bought everywhere I checked above. Yes, I’ve even swiped books from the library, but never on purpose. More in the “oh, dear, so that’s where that book went” sort of way. But the most interesting place I’ve ever acquired a book was at a yardsale where I’d run out of money. I successfully negotiated a swap for the white fringed blouse I was wearing over a tank top, for an out of print Jo Beverley hardcover. Never liked that blouse, anyway.
Will strip for out-of-print hardcovers? That ROCKS. (Why have I never thought of that?!!)
So, without further ado, here are the results, in graphic form. If you’d like to see the complete data, you can view my report—it’s available to the public for viewing and download. You can also view the complete list of book buying options with the response totals. Please keep in mind, this is utterly NOT scientific and rests solely on my own penchant for being nebby. If you’re looking for those camera-shy dudes from PriceWaterhouse Cooper with some briefcases, they’re not here.
Let’s look at some data, shall we? View my report!
Where do you folks like to buy your romance?
The most popular single option: Amazon.com, followed by used book store (any).
I was also fascinated by this graph: Which format do you buy?
There were also over 1500 responses in the “What did I forget?” category, including some that said, “I never buy books. I download from torrent sites,” and some that recommended specific bookstores across the country.
The results of book shopping location didn’t surprise me – I expected Amazon to be at the top if not in the top three. But I didn’t expect used bookstores to rank second ahead of Barnes & Noble and Borders. And the format question was fascinating because I wondered how much those results might shift in the coming year. Bear in mind, I didn’t limit that question to an “either/or” requirement – folks could select all the format options that applied to them, so if someone bought digital, print and audio books, they could select all three.
What do you think? Does anything about these results surprise you? Where’s the last place you purchased a book?