Monday, June 1, 2009

May poll results

Here are the results of the May poll.

How did you discover the OUTLANDER books?

  • 32.2% - A friend or family member recommended the books to me.
  • 24.4% - A friend or family member gave me a copy of OUTLANDER, saying, "Read this, you'll love it!"
  • 20.0% - I stumbled across them while browsing in a bookstore or library.
  • 7.8% - I read a review in a newspaper, magazine, or online.
  • 2.8% - I discovered the audiobooks first, then decided to look for the printed version.
  • 2.8% - I found a used copy at a garage sale, second-hand bookstore, or the like.
  • 1.1% - I haven't yet read any of Diana Gabaldon's books.
  • 0.6% - I had been reading excerpts of her work on Compuserve since before OUTLANDER was published.
  • 0.0% - I happened to see Diana at a book-signing or other public event.
  • 8.3% - Other
There were a total of 180 votes in this month's poll, far more than in any poll I've done so far, so I was quite pleased with the results. Thanks so much to everyone who participated!

In case you're wondering, I didn't vote in the poll, but if I had, I would have fallen into the "stumbled across them by accident" category. <g>

The June poll is all about excerpts. As many of you know, I've been avoiding excerpts from AN ECHO IN THE BONE for about a year and a half now, but that's just my own personal preference, and I know there are a lot of different opinions on this subject. I thought it would be interesting to see what you all think. Please take a moment to vote in the new poll!

6 comments:

Jari Backman said...

Dear Karen,

Congrats on the high poll attendance.

I do devour the excerpts, but almost chose the option (the ones Diana posts on her web site and/or blog). And then I noticed that CompuServ was not included and chose the first one.

Joanne said...

Thanks for all the polls, updates, and links regarding all things Outlandish. Things have been pretty quiet at her blog....last time I checked, the chicken was still drunk! I'm assuming that that is a very good thing, meaning she is too busy putting the finishing touches on ECHO to post on her blog.

Anonymous said...

The excerpt quandry....I get it but since it takes me at least 3 reads and several listens of each book to absorb and process the details.....and I by no means have them all....I figure that reading an excerpt only enhances my experience when I get to the entire book!!!
The irony for me is that even knowing the story and the details I still find myself surprised by some of the things that catch my attention in subsequent reads.....that must be the art of the story teller!
Thanks for the great surveys Karen and for the great blog, its so fun to read everything here!! Melanie

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Anonymous said...

I read the excerpts and then wish that I hadn't. They always get me worried and/or make no sense. They take on enormous importance and then of course are just a minor footnote in the story when I actually get to read the book.

Laura's Reviews said...

I stumbled across them by accident too. I was helping to sort books at my local library for a book sale back in 1994 and stumbled across Outlander. I thought it looked interesting and bought it . . .and found I couldn't stop reading it. I anxiously await each new chapter in the saga and try to get others hooked on the series too. My two best friends love it also - but found it independent of me!