2010 SF/Fantasy Book Purchasing Survey

The April SF/F focus issue is coming up very soon, and I thought it might be nice to collect some data on SF/F book purchasing that we could turn into a little chart for the issue, because everyone likes little charts. So if you have a minute to spare, please take the survey below. (If you can’t see it or it’s not working for you, try following this link.) All answers are anonymous–we’re not even tracking IPs–and the location question is optional. Please do share the link around; the more responses we get, the more useful the data will be. Thanks for your help!

7 thoughts on “2010 SF/Fantasy Book Purchasing Survey

    1. Rose Fox Post author

      I left out e-book lending and gifts, too; this is just about individual purchasing. (If you bought used books from a library sale, that would go under “Other, in person”.)

      1. Maureen O'Danu

        Unfortunately, that leaves me hanging. With the exception of a couple of lucky finds in used book stores and dollar stores, books weren’t in the budget this year for me.

        1. Rose Fox Post author

          That’s part of why we’re asking for percentages rather than numbers of books bought or dollars spent; those purchases still count.

  1. J. Andrews

    I feel like the survey didn’t take into consideration that I borrowed ebooks from the library. Of course I also borrowed a heckuva lot of print books from the library. It also didn’t mention free downloads. But then, it didn’t mention free print ARCs or gifts from friends.

    It’s really hard to estimate how much I spent on books. I’m afraid I might’ve been going by quantity of books.. when it should’ve been cost. I spend more when I buy books in person new, from a bookstore. And I spend way less when I buy used paperbacks from the library booksale.

    To have to lump booksales and convention tables in with (eg Walmart) is galling!!

    1. Rose Fox Post author

      We considered asking about borrowing books, free downloads, etc. but decided to focus on where people are spending their money when they’re spending it.

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