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Choosing and Accessing My Reading Matter

I listened to BBC Click about the future of publishing and had the idea to look at a couple of parameters in my reading habits: where I get the idea to read each book-length text, how I get hold of them and what form they take. Here's about the past year, April 2011 through March 2012 (38 books). Inspiration 45% Author I like 32% Recommendation from friend / family 13% Chance discovery 5% Publicist pitch 5% Work demands Access 34% Gift (all but two from Super Dear Reader Birger) 16% Library 10% Download (2 public domain, 1 creative commons, 1 pirated) 8% Workplace 8% Review copy 5% On-line snail mail order 5% Flea market 5% Lent by friend / family 3% Book fair 3% Urban book store 3% Anthology I participated in Form 58% Paperback 29% Hardback 10% E-book 3% Word processor manuscript Note that the single book I bought in a physical store was a copy of a friend's new book at its release party.
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