Reading Habits and Book Buying Preferences: A Brief and Unscientific Readers' Poll

The Lover’s Letter Box by George Baxter, 1856.

As many of you know, I have several books that will be coming out over the next year. In anticipation of their release, I’d love to learn a little more about your reading habits. I have devised two brief and wholly unscientific poll questions. It will take just a few moments of your time to answer each of them and will help me tremendously in planning for my upcoming releases. 

Poll Closed

Thank you all for taking the time to participate! My non-fiction animal history book The Pug Who Bit Napoleon: Animal Tales of the 18th and 19th Centuries comes out this November and A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty comes out next year. In between, a few Victorian romance novels will be coming out as well. Stay tuned!


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Sarah Waldock
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Sarah Waldock

I get my books as they come, which means long happy hours in the two charity shops in town which hold antiquarian books, and the secondhand bookshop in a nearby resort town. However if I need something for research I DO turn to Amazon because you can usually find most things there, and a good chance of getting an original copy in bad condition not to expensively which is preferable, to my mind, to the modern reprints. Having said that, the modern reprints can be very good indeed but you have to be careful because some of the people scanning… Read more »

Mimi Matthews
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Mimi Matthews

Charity shops and thrift stores are great for books! And I agree with you about exercising caution on Amazon when buying reprints. I’ve seen a few really sketchy formatting jobs and bizarre gibberish in the margins of modern versions of some of the classics which people are reprinting and selling.

paper doll
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paper doll

an original copy in bad condition not to expensively which is preferable, to my mind, to the modern reprints

Amen to that

nottooshabby
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nottooshabby

I use the library — then if it turns out to be a book that i love, i buy it – from my local independent bookstore — i browse used books stores as well – and also, buy new and used books from amazon — i try to support writers, since i am one!, and know that buying used sends them no revenue….and also support my local independent bookstore — they’ve treated me well, so i try to return the favor…

Mimi Matthews
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Mimi Matthews

I like your philosophy :) When I was growing up, we used to have a used bookstore in our community which allowed you to trade in books for a store credit. My brother and I would buy & read piles of books and trade back the ones we didn’t like for more titles.

Jessica
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Jessica

I tend to buy books either on Google play or at my local bookstore

Mimi Matthews
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Mimi Matthews

Thanks Jessica :) I didn’t even consider Google play as an option!

jeanne229
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jeanne229

I chose Amazon but have recently discovered the joys of my public library. I feel less a need to own books, unless, as NOTTOOSHABBY pointed out, I fall in love with them. And I do often check my local used or independent bookstore first. Congratulations on your upcoming books!

Mimi Matthews
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Mimi Matthews

Thanks so much, Jeanne :) I agree about feeling less of a need to own books. As I get older, I have so many shelves filled with favorites that unless it’s something I really love, I find it easier to buy & read digital or to simply use the library.

Wendy Brydge
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Wendy Brydge

“A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty” sounds like a must-have. Can’t wait for that one to come out, Mimi!

Mimi Matthews
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Mimi Matthews

I’m excited about that one too, Wendy :) It’s the one I’m currently finishing up, trying desperately to meet a July 1 deadline with my publisher!

Wendy Brydge
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Wendy Brydge

Well, I wish you the best of luck with the deadline! 😊

Mimi Matthews
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Mimi Matthews

Thanks, Wendy :)

paper doll
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paper doll

When I moved 10 years ago, I let go of about 1,000 books to lighten the load. Somehow,over the years, they have come back to the newer abode . Fabulous books are being sold on Amazon for one cent or so as librarys are getting rid of their physical books, some books are less than 5 years old. I’m told physical books are finished….well, I love ’em. I love the feel of them in my hands and how the printed page meets the eye. I do buy from my local independent …which frankly, because a live PERSON is choosing the… Read more »

Mimi Matthews
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Mimi Matthews

There’s just something about an actual book; the smell, the texture, the look. I’m a reluctant e-book user. It’s certainly easier, but I agree with you that nothing takes the place of a printed paper book.

paper doll
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paper doll

With an e-book I take in information; with a printed book, I read.

Mimi Matthews
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Mimi Matthews

That is an excellent way of describing it!

Sarah Waldock
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Sarah Waldock

Me too

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