It is amazing that about 2 months has passed on the life of the poll I had on the right sidebar of the blog since October 28, 2015. It is time to move on! I think a new poll question is in order to start 2016!
The poll had asked the question “Have You Ever Downloaded A Genealogy E-Book That You Used Rather Than An Available Genealogy Book In Print?”
The results of the poll showed the following from the 34 total respondents that took the brief time to provide their “Yes” or “No” response to the question. The numbers show that 13 responses (38.24%) noted they have downloaded a genealogy E-Book while 21 responses (61.76%) indicated they have not downloaded a genealogy E-Book .
I am actually surprised at the numbers showing that 38.24% have downloaded a genealogy E-Book. I actually thought there would have been less indicating they have downloaded a genealogy E-Book. Not my scientific opinion, just a gut feeling. This is good to see. When I search for genealogy books to add to our collection, there are many times I actually find what looks like a book but then see that it is a book only available in the Kindle format. I generally do not order just E-Book genealogy material. As a selector I also like to see it available in print primarily so I can order a print copy for our shelves.
Many authors today certainly find it easier to write books that find their way to E-Book format rather than in print or in print as well. When you avoid printing a book onto paper, you can avoid a substantial amount of costs. So even printing can be done in a more effective manner today. Books can be printed “on-demand” as needed from electronic original material.
In days past, authors often had to pay up front for a minimum print run of perhaps hundreds if not a thousand books when they did not find a publisher who would take the risk. An author could be thousands and thousands of dollars in the hole right from the start. If the book is not a good seller, the author is the one left with a garage or basement full of unsold books he authored.
Self-publishing is the way of today for small-scale authors today. Yes there are still many well-known authors that have publishers who advance them hundreds of thousands of dollars but for the average “Joe” interested in authoring a book, self-publishing either in E-Book format or E-Book and Print-On-Demand may be the way to go.
But we all know that there still may be more and more material in the future coming online as an E-Book. If there is no version in print, your choice is to download the book as an E-Book or forget reading it.
For me, even a large iPhone with a 5.5 inch screen is still too small for me to want to sit with and read a novel. A 9.0 inch iPad screen is much more doable to read from, plus it is simply easier on the eyes.
So what are you going to do next time you are faced with some interesting genealogy material in E-Book format only? Are you going to download it and read it on your favorite device? Or are you still going to hope that it one day appears on your library’s shelf?
I am always looking for a larger response than even that which I just saw! So come on down —— affix your opinion as a “Yes” or “No” when so asked to the varied polls on different topics in the world of genealogy and family history research. Your answers count.
I plan on putting up a new poll rapidly. Come back for that one to see the new question being asked.
A big thank you to all of those that took the time to respond to this just recently closed poll. Take a look at the results of that poll to satisfy your own curiosity.
Don’t forget to visit my Poll Archives as part of this blog. Look for the link at the top of the homepage of the blog where it simply says “Poll Archives”. In here you will find the statistical results of the 21 previously active polls in addition to the poll that is generally “active”. If you were not aware of this Archive, you may want to visit to see what all the previous polls were about.
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Get ready for another poll ……………………..SOON!
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