Results of Reader Survey
Last weekend, I asked my newsletter subscribers to participate in a short survey. I was pleasantly surprised when 99 people responded. This number is probably not a statistically significant sample, nor was the survey designed scientifically, however, the results are still valuable.
Note the caveats. Many of my subscribers joined to get a free ebook or to enter a giveaway. Also, I join promotions and giveaways in science fiction, fantasy and romance because my stories are in those genres.
I have listed each of my questions followed by the answers and my comments.
Questions for Readers
If you would like to help me by doing a short survey, please answer these questions:
1. Where do you buy ebooks: Amazon, Apple, Barnes&Noble, Kobo or GooglePlay?
Amazon 92%; Kobo 12%; B&N(Nook) 9%; Apple(iBooks) 10%; GooglePlay 7%; Other: Smashwords, Instafreebie, BookFunnel, Authors
Although the majority buy from Amazon, many use multiple sources for books.
For Amazon, do you use Kindle Unlimited?
2. What is your favorite genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction etc?
Fantasy 64%; SciFi 51%; Romance 33%; Mystery 23%; Horror 7%
Other: PNR, UF, SFR, Thriller, Historical
Many read all or a variety of genres.
3. Do you prefer a story written in the point of view of one character or more than one?
One POV 23%; 2 or more 31%
Many readers did not care as long as the POV was obvious. A few complained about confusing switches in POV for some stories.
4. Do you like stories that emphasize adventure or romance?
Adventure 83%; Romance 32%;
26% of readers said “Both” (included in separate categories).
Other readers said they enjoy adventure with a little romance.
Are these answers helpful to you? Please comment.
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