At the National Press Club, we do one or more book events per month, where an author with a new book out will come and talk, answer questions, and sign books that are purchased there from Barnes & Noble, and that raise a bit of money per book for the non-profit journalism library. Lately there's been some discussion regarding how to adjust this event model to the growing popularity of e-books, and I wondered if you all have any thoughts on this (being, at least some of you, e-book readers). So, for the e-book readers here
, here is a poll! Ta-daaaah! Also feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.
Do you still buy regular books as well as e-books?
Yes. Boooksssss! Paper! WOO!
No. Silly heavy tomes are now obsolete.
Occasionally. I like variety.
Only for special books or authors, or a collection.
At an author event, would you still prefer to buy a paper book?
Why would you buy a regular book at an author event?
To get it autographed. Scribble scribble!
Convenience! The book is sitting right in front of me.
That's part of the fun of the event experience.
I like to own some regular books, too.
The author or series is special to me.
I wouldn't buy the book.
Other (see comments)
Are there some authors or series' that you will always buy the paper book for? Who?
At a book event, would you prefer to buy an e-book if it was available on the spot?
I might give it a try.
What would be the best way to set up e-book sales at an event?
Autographs: would you still want to get something signed even if you bought the e-book?
Yes, that's the best part!
Eh, it's not that crucial to me.
I'd get my e-book or cover signed.
Is there an app for digital signatures now? I want that!
What if a book is only in e-book format? Would you still attend the event?