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Market Research. Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading. Tools of Change, New York, NY - February 15, 2012. Rewind. Really?. Yes, really. But…. Fiction is Stranger than Truth. Q3 2011Genre Share and E-Book %. “e” Questions to Answer in 2012.

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Consumer Attitudes

Toward E-Book Reading

Tools of Change, New York, NY - February 15, 2012

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  • Rewind

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  • Really?

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  • Yes, really. But…

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  • Fiction is Stranger than Truth

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  • Q3 2011Genre Share and E-Book %

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  • “e” Questions to Answer in 2012

  • What is the continued growth capacity of Fiction?

  • When will the other genres get moving?

  • What roles does technology really play in adoption?

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Power Buyer = someone who purchases 4 or more books a month.

Consolidated group of your best

customers who share one

common trait – regardless

of ‘p’ or ‘e’

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  • A Book Buyer by any Name… (or Format)

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  • Why?

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  • What keeps you from buying e-books?

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  • Value of Power Buyers



22% of Buyers

35% of Buyers

53% of Books Purchased

60% of eBooks Purchased

50% of $$$ Purchased

48% of $$$ Purchased

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  • Power Buyers Demonstrate Loyalty

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  • “E” at the Expense of “P”

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  • Scenario Planning

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  • Calm Before the Storm

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  • Fiction is Stranger than Truth

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  • Seasonality

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  • The Plateau

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  • Power Buyers Demonstrate Loyalty

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  • “E” at the Expense of “P”

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  • Saturated?

  • According to a Verso Digital study of consumer book buying habits, the number ofconsumers resistant to purchasing an e-reading device has increased from 40% in December 2009, to 52% in December 2011.

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  • Multi-function Mayhem?

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What about children and youth?Are they pathways to exponential growth?

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  • Kids 7 – 12 Important Facts:

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  • Teens Triple Rate of E-book Reading

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  • Apple is the Format of Choice

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  • Bold Predictions for 2012?




What’s ultimately best for the industry?

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Global e-Book Monitor

Understanding e-book adoption around the world

Bowker Market Research/ToC 2012

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Global e-Book Monitor – areas and partners

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  • Initial coverage 10 markets where e-book adoption is at different stages

  • USA, UK, France, Spain, Germany, Australia, Japan, South Korea, India, Brazil

  • Minimum 1000 respondents in each market

  • Minimum 250 current/potential downloaders in each market

  • Fielded January 2012

  • Standard set of questions about influences and activities:

    • Awareness and acquisition of digital content

    • Categories downloaded

    • Numbers of e-book purchased

    • Likelihood of acquiring digital content in the future

    • Types likely to be bought

    • Factors most likely to encourage e-book purchasing

    • Factors most likely to discourage e-book purchasing

    • Impact of digital material on book purchasing

    • Device access – current and potential

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Some early key findings from first wave – Europe only

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Awareness of and whether paid to download a complete e-book in past six months

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Awareness of and whether downloaded a complete e-book for free in past six months

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% of downloaders buying e-books in each category in last six months

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Key findings to be released via partners end March/early April – Check BISG website for upcoming webinars

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  • Thanks for Listening!

Kelly Gallagher

Vice President, Market Research


Len Vlahos

Executive Director

Book Industry Study Group

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