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Some questions about e-books and book events

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.

Poll #1813379 The Future is Bigger on the Inside!

Do you still buy regular books as well as e-books?

Yes. Boooksssss! Paper! WOO!
31(62.0%)
No. Silly heavy tomes are now obsolete.
0(0.0%)
Occasionally. I like variety.
8(16.0%)
Only for special books or authors, or a collection.
11(22.0%)

At an author event, would you still prefer to buy a paper book?

Yes.
34(79.1%)
No.
1(2.3%)
Maybe so.
8(18.6%)

Why would you buy a regular book at an author event?

To get it autographed. Scribble scribble!
38(29.0%)
Convenience! The book is sitting right in front of me.
17(13.0%)
That's part of the fun of the event experience.
19(14.5%)
I like to own some regular books, too.
20(15.3%)
The author or series is special to me.
32(24.4%)
I wouldn't buy the book.
1(0.8%)
Other (see comments)
4(3.1%)

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?

Yeppers!
3(7.0%)
No ma'am!
16(37.2%)
I might give it a try.
24(55.8%)

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!
24(44.4%)
Eh, it's not that crucial to me.
10(18.5%)
I'd get my e-book or cover signed.
7(13.0%)
Is there an app for digital signatures now? I want that!
13(24.1%)

What if a book is only in e-book format? Would you still attend the event?

Sure thing!
14(32.6%)
Eh, nah.
4(9.3%)
I might.
25(58.1%)
Tags: e-books, npc, poll
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