Sunday, April 22, 2012

#Readathon Survey Update - How do your reading habits compare?

Posted by Ann Roberts at 2:33 PM 0 comments

These are PRELIMINARY results from the Hour 10 Dewey’s Readathon Mini Challenge. I will post more indepth results after I’ve had a chance to collect and process more data…be sure to check back!

If you haven’t already, take the survey now!

Surveys Completed
110 readathon participants completed the survey (there were 442 people registered for the readathon so that is a 24% response rate); 27 left incomplete surveys. I’m pretty confident that this is because of some of the data that I requested (number of books by year and percentage of book format). John and I discussed this while I was creating the survey but I figured most Readathon participates were pretty serious book readers and might just know this information.

Respondent Gender
97% of respondents were women. This was no surprise to me.

Respondent Age

Answer

Responses

Percent

Under 17

4

4%

18 -29

52

47%

30 - 49

47

43%

50 - 64

6

5%

65+

1

1%

Ever Read an eBook?
89% have read at least 1 ebook while 11% have never read one.

Reasons Why You Don’t Read eBooks?

Answer

Responses

Percent

Prefer print

56

25%

Difficult to find/discover ebooks

0

0%

Difficult to read on a screen

11

5%

Difficult to annotate

5

2%

Difficult to share with others

31

14%

Difficult to find titles available for my e-reading device

2

1%

Lack of a good e-reading device

11

5%

Difficult download process

3

1%

Not enough time

1

0%

Inability to legally re-sell or give ebooks after I'm done with them

21

9%

Cost of the titles

45

20%

Nothing

21

9%

Other, please specify: [Open-ended answer]

18

8%

What are you reading your ebooks on?

Answer

Responses

Percent

Don't read on an ereader device

13

7%

Dedicated ebook reader (Kindle, Nook, Sony, Kobo, etc)

69

37%

Tablet (iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook Color, etc)

33

17%

Smartphone

27

14%

Laptop Computer

30

16%

Desktop Computer

9

5%

Other, please specify: [Open-ended answer]

8

4%

Check back later for more survey results!

April 2012 #Readathon Wrap-Up

Posted by Ann Roberts at 2:05 PM 3 comments

Great Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! Thanks to everyone behind the scenes who makes it possible. I will be back in the Fall…hope others will join me!

Reading Results: By clearing my calendar, I had a pretty good readathon!

Books Read

Pages Read

5

1349

Reading for Charity: I committed to donating $25 per book read. That means that both Room to Read and Project Read will be receiving $125 each. However, I had also offered to donate $0.10 per book read for anyone who registered with me (there were 442 people signed up). Unfortunately, only Shaunesay registered;  so, I’ve decided to donate an additional $40 ($10 per book she finished). I’m disappointed more people didn’t signup. So that is a total of $330 donated to these two great organizations: Room to Read and Project Read.

My First Mini Challenge: I hosted my first mini challenge this year. It was a survey on reading habits particularly targeted to people who read ebooks. 110 participates completed the survey while 27 gave up. I will post a summary of the results soon with a more detailed look later. Julie Merilatt of julzreads.wordpress.com was the winner of the $25 amazon gift card for completing the survey. The survey is still active if you want to participate – you just won’t be eligible for the gift card. I actually look forward to doing another one next year.

What I Read: Notice I had to go to shorter, simpler books the later it got

Title Author Start Hour Finish Hour Completed Pages
The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons (Light Dragons, #2) MacAlister, Katie 8:00 11:41 Hour 4 342
Acceptable Risks Natalie J. Damschroder 12:00 18:26 Hour 11 386
For Services Rendered Patricia Kay 17:00 23:11 Hour 16 228
With This Ring Patricia Kay 23:30 3:00 Hour 20 201
Honorable Intentions Catherine Mann 3:00 8:00 Hour 24 192

End of Readathon meme:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    Hour 22…it was 4:30am
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    While I enjoyed the books I read, I’m not sure how much  any of them would appeal to others.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    Even after 3 years, I struggle with reading, blogging, reading blogs, and participating in challenges. There is a lot going on!
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
  5. How many books did you read?
    5 books completed; 1349 pages read
  6. What were the names of the books you read?
    See above
  7. Which book did you enjoy most?
    Not sure I can pick…they all offered different things.
  8. Which did you enjoy least?
    I enjoyed them all..but if I started to read a sample book and couldn’t get into it I set it aside because I knew I needed books that would keep me going.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
    I wasn’t a cheerleader.
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
    I plan on participating again!

April 2012 #readathon–Book 5 Completed

Posted by Ann Roberts at 5:12 AM 0 comments

Title: Honorable Intentions

Author: Catherine Mann

Start: 03:00

End:08:00

Pages: 192

Description:

Major Hank Renshaw knows almost everything there is to know about Gabrielle Ballard. Except for what it's like to touch her. Because Gabrielle is his best friend's fiancĂ©e. Or she was. Until his buddy died in battle—right after making Hank promise to find her…...
So now Hank's in New Orleans. In Gabrielle's apartment. Watching her nurse her infant son. It's not honor that draws him to her. It's not duty that makes him stay. It's need he's feeling, plain and simple—the desire to take the woman he's always wanted and finally make her his own.

Comments: A nice light enjoyable read…that kept me entertained… And I admit that I might have napped a little…

Summary

Books Read Pages Read
5 1349

 

Title Author Start Hour Finish Hour Completed Pages
The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons (Light Dragons, #2) MacAlister, Katie 8:00 11:41 Hour 4 342
Acceptable Risks Natalie J. Damschroder 12:00 18:26 Hour 11 386
For Services Rendered Patricia Kay 17:00 23:11 Hour 16 228
With This Ring Patricia Kay 23:30 3:00 Hour 20 201
Honorable Intentions Catherine Mann 3:00 8:00 Hour 24 192
 

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