Welcome to the Great Citizen Reader Survey of 2011! If you missed the introduction for what we're doing with this survey, please read the explanation.
And now, the questions:
1. What is your age (ranges okay) and gender?
2. Please estimate the percentage of both fiction and nonfiction you read, totalling 100% (e.g., "10% fiction and 90% nonfiction," or "100% fiction, 0% nonfiction"). If the only nonfiction books you read are purely reference works like cookbooks and how-tos, please indicate 100% fiction, but add "and reference NF."
3. How many books do you read per month?
4. Name three formats in which you read, from greatest to least (e.g. "print books, audio books, e-books," where the format you read most often is print books).
5. Name the three primary ways, in any order, in which you find reading materials. You may speak broadly ("blogs" or "personal recommendations") or specifically ("Bookslut blog" or "my sister's suggestions").
6. Please list three words that most describe why you read (e.g. "comfort, education, escapism").
7. Do you buy or borrow most of your reading material?
8. Would you say you have less time, more time, or about the same amount of time to read as you have had in the past? If less or more, why (briefly)?
9. Please list your five favorite "genres," (nonfiction included) using whatever names you call them by. Please also list your favorite title in each genre.
10. What was the best book you read in 2011? The worst? (READ in 2011; not necessarily published in 2011.)
Please feel free to answer in the comments or copy the questions and your answers into an email to me at [email protected]. Feel free to remain anonymous; also, I will not keep any names or email addresses from this survey.
And I think we'll stop there. There's so much more I want to ask but I'll wait until next year. Until then, and until the results from this survey are tabulated: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION!