Sci-Fi Month

Sci-Fi Month 2015: Sci-Fi Study


This post is part of Sci-Fi Month 2015, a month long event to celebrate science fiction hosted by myself and Over the Effing Rainbow. You can view the schedule here, follow the event on Twitter via the official @SciFiMonth Twitter account, or the hashtag #RRSciFiMonth.

As I had a lot of fun with my previous survey, I thought it would be really great to put one together for Sci-Fi Month. Unfortunately I came up with this idea a little too late to put the survey together, get responses and share the results, so the survey is being shared as part of the event, with the results most likely sometime next month. I’d love to get as many responses as possible, so please share the survey! It aims to find out which authors, titles and sub-genres of science fiction are most popular, as well as what people generally think of the genre.

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I can’t wait to see the results! 😀


Book Buying Survey Results

Back at the beginning of June, I posted a Book Buying Survey – and within a couple of days, thanks to many wonderful people on Twitter and elsewhere, I had over 100 responses! The total number was 110, and it would have kept on rising but unfortunately SurveyMonkey only lets you use 100 responses with a free account, so I had to close the survey and base my results on the first 100 responses. I’m finally publishing the results – I’ve made an infographic, and then I’m discussing them at the bottom. Let me know what you think!


And now to discuss the results!

  1. Are you a blogger? [Yes 87%, No 13%] – this didn’t surprise me, I believe the majority of my readers are fellow bloggers.
  2. What book formats do you tend to buy most often? You can choose more than one. [Paperback 78%, Ebook 50%, Hardback 34%, Audiobook 5%] – this really surprised me! I’ve noticed on many book haul posts that a lot of bloggers seem to buy hardbacks over paperbacks, so I was expecting that to come out top. I also wasn’t expecting ebooks to come in second place! I don’t know if some people counted books they received for free or ARCs, as well as ones they actually paid for, which might explain the ebooks.
  3. Do you buy most of your books brand new or secondhand? [Brand new 77%, Secondhand 23%] – again, not a surprise. Shiny new books! A lot of readers want a specific cover, plus if we’re all after new releases then it’s tricky to find them secondhand, at least for a while. Personally I buy most of mine secondhand, as I’m saving for uni, but I do buy brand new if I’m particularly excited for a release.
  4. Where do you tend to buy your books? You can choose more than one. [Online 83%, Bookshop chains 58%, Secondhand 34%, Independent bookshops 27%] – this is quite a sad result, but not at all surprising. There’s always news about how independent bookshops are dying out, and how big online retailers like Amazon are taking over the market. I do try to support my local bookshop when I can.
  5. Do you read ARCs? [Yes 74%, No 26%] – this means that some of the bloggers taking part don’t read any ARCs. I know of some bloggers who don’t, although most I know do tend to read them.
  6. If you read ARCs, do you tend to buy a finished copy of the book if you really enjoyed it? [Yes 33%, No 41%, I don’t read ARCs 26%] – only a third of ARC readers buy a finished copy of an ARC they’ve really enjoyed. I am guilty of this, although there are several I have intentions of buying when I can afford to. I suppose this also depends on people’s preferences in another way: personally if I love a book and I don’t own it, I’ll make sure to buy it one day. Some people read and never re-read so what’s the point in buying a copy? It is nice to see that some people do buy the finished copies though!
  7. Do you tend to buy several books at once, or just one at a time? [Several at once 74%, Just the one 26%] – some people can obviously show more self restraint, unlike me! I’m glad to see that the majority feel the need to buy a stack of books in one go though…
  8. What normally encourages you to buy a book? You can choose more than one option. [A book that is by a favourite author or part of a favourite series 88%, Reviews online/on blogs 77%, Recommendations from friends 61%, Anticipated release
    61%, The blurb 57%, The cover 56%, The genre 48%, Impulse buy 28%, Reviews in professional publications 13%] – I’m really not surprised by this order! It was nice to see that over a quarter of us indulge in impulse buys, and over half of us are encouraged by our friends and fellow readers to try a book out.
  9. Do you have a favourite publisher, or publishers, that you prefer to buy from? [Yes 28%, No 19%, The publisher makes no difference 53%] – I don’t know why I phrased this question in this way, because I guess both ‘No’ and ‘The publisher makes no difference’ are really the same. But I was surprised to see that over a quarter of respondents have a favourite publisher. I guess I also have a few that I have a little soft spot for, because they’re always brilliant on social media, communications and the like.
  10. Do you ever preorder books? [Yes but only if I’m anticipating the release 65%, Yes for every book I buy 0%, No 34%, Skipped 1] – quite a few people tend to preorder, it seems! I don’t think I’ve ever preordered a book. Video games and films yes, but never a book for some reason…
  11. What do you think of the results? Do you have any comments to add to your answers? Thank you to everyone who took part in the survey!


Book Buying Survey

I’ve seen a couple of surveys around the book blogging community lately, for example Charlene’s survey on reading outside of your usual genres. I have a couple of questions that I always wanted to ask my readers, so I thought I’d try my own survey! I’d love it if you could take part, and I’ll make an infographic with the results when the survey is over.


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I hope to share the results of the survey within the next few weeks!