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).
45% Author I like
32% Recommendation from friend / family
13% Chance discovery
5% Publicist pitch
5% Work demands
34% Gift (all but two from Super Dear Reader Birger)
10% Download (2 public domain, 1 creative commons, 1 pirated)
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
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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