Okay, this is going to be just a little self-serving. In that it’s not only a question that I think about at work, but it’s also something I think about when I’m not at work. Of course, the lines between work and not-work are often blurry for me, but anyway. Read on, Mercutio. Or something.
A series of questions. Because I know you are a reader. And I also know that you totally picked out that I began this paragraph with a sentence fragment, but let’s move on, okay. Let’s just move on.
1) Do you currently have an eReader (or more than one)? If so, what kind of eReader do you prefer to use?
2) Where do you find your eBooks? This is a tricksy question, now, because I don’t know if you’re still the sort of person who finds their *print* books in bookshops. But when it comes to eBooks, do you look through book catalogues? Do you buy them all from Amazon? Have you ever purchased an eBook from a publisher’s website? Or a distributor’s website? If so, which one(s)?
3) If your local bookshop had a mechanism by which you could purchase eBooks directly through the shop itself, would you be more inclined to shop for your eBooks through a local retailer? Is it the *convenience*, in other words, of not *having* to shop? Is it the immediacy of not having to remember what so-and-so told you is a good book, that drives you to your preferred eBook retailer?
4) Do you borrow eBooks from your library? If so, have you had any trouble finding Canadian content? If not, why not?
This all arises from a couple of issues tossing around in the book world, but I’m also keenly interested in what you, **the reader**, want. What you do. Where you read. How you find your books. Whether you’ve noticed that little hole in the bathroom wall just beside the tub.
Right. Well. I want your input on this. Because if I’m going to open a bookshop, these are questions I need answered *before I start*. Consider yourself part of my market research.