Saturday, March 20, 2010
Poll Results Are In!
You may remember that on the last poll, I asked about your reactions to seeing the same book being heaped with glowing praise on blog after blog. Kinda what I call a blog blitzkrieg. Everywhere you go, there's that book.
Well, I want to thank the 117 people who took the time to respond to the poll. Here's where I get to distill your answers. (Please don't turn me into the revenuers!)
58 of you (or 49%) are trying to reduce your bulging TBR shelves and piles. You said that, if the book sounded like something you'd enjoy reading, you'd make a note of it. This response sounds hopeful, but when you're talking about bookaholics, it would be all too easy for this book to fall through the cracks.
34 of you (or 29%) said that if the book sounded good, you'd make a point of reading it soon. This is more in line with what the publishers are hoping for.
The third largest group-- 14 of you, or 11%-- said that all the hype really makes you hesitate because it's very difficult for a book to live up to all this praise.
Five of you (4%) said that all the hype turns you off so completely that you don't care if you ever get around to reading the book. I have one foot in this camp. It's the foot that tells me that I have a feeling that I wouldn't enjoy the book in the first place. Where's my other foot? Up in that first group that says if it sounds good, I'll get around to it one of these days. To be honest, the more a book is hyped, the more likely it is to fall through the cracks with me.
Four of you (3%) said that you have to read it now. It sounds to me that, unless your name is Oprah, if publishers are looking for super sales figures within the first few weeks, the blitzkrieg approach really isn't working. Of course, my poll isn't the most scientific thing going.
Last but not least, two of you (1%) were honest and said that you read the book with the express purpose of exposing its faults. Uber popular books annoy you.
From the looks of it, all the publishers and publicists can do is bring a book to our attention. After that, it's a game of chance with 61% saying "maybe", 34% saying "yes", and 5% saying "no".
Would you say that a tactic that gains you a 33% return is really working? Inquiring minds want to know!
My Book Rating Scale:
A+...Don't delay, get your hands on a copy of this book!
A...I loved it!
B...I really liked it.
C...I liked it, with a few reservations.
D...I finished it, but it's not my cup of tea.
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