Reader Poll, with Prizes!

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Update 29 June, 2012: Polls are closed in anticipation of tallying results and picking winners. We’ll have new questions up soon. In the meantime, if you’ve got any suggestions for questions (or prizes), you could add them in the comments?

According to Counterize, we broke 200k unique visitors! Hooray.

Since we haven’t added new titles in a few weeks while Gavin has been away in Scotland (we’ll have more early in September, including the new LCRW, new titles from Less Than Three Press, and of course the magazines), I (Michael) thought I’d try a poll for a change.

For this first poll anyhow, you’ll need to be logged in to vote, so I know who to send prizes to. For every ten people who vote before August 31st, one person will get a coupon for 30% off their next order. For every 100 people who vote before let’s say the end of the year, one person will get their choice of a Weightless Books beer stein or travel mug!

Weightless Reader Poll #1

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22 Responses to “Reader Poll, with Prizes!”

  1. lightcap says:

    ereader: Bookeen Opus

  2. antonella says:

    I experienced some troubles answering to some questions of the poll (and I know for sure that other people had the same experience). Here the answers I couldn’t give directly.

    * Which device(s) do you use to browse/shop for ebooks on Weightless?

    * Which device(s) do you use to read your ebooks?

    Something else: it would have been good to have at least two possibilities for answering the question ”What would you like to see more of on Weightless?”.

    Anyway, thank you for asking our opinion!


    • Michael says:


      Whoops! Yes, I meant it to let you put in multiple answers for that last question, sorry. I fixed it so you can. Thanks for letting me know!

      As far not being able to answer the other questions–you have to click “Vote” on each question–could that be the problem?

  3. Michael says:

    If anyone is having trouble answering the questions (not seeing the “Vote” button, for example), please try two things:

    1. Make sure you’re logged in to the site.
    2. Delete your browser cookies and login again.

  4. says:

    (chanting) More books, more books, more books!!!

  5. goetznl says:

    I would love to see back issue bundles of some of the magazines, e.g. 4 back issues of LCRW for the price of a subscription…
    Maybe also trial bags/bundles for different magazines, maybe with back issues, so people can easily & cheaply try new magazines, e.g. one each of LCRW, Fantasy, Weird Tales, Apex or maybe oriented on themes (Weird, Fantasy, SF, Horror?)

  6. Michael says:

    Goetznl: thanks! These are great suggestions.

  7. katesavage2001 says:

    Looking forward to seeing Weightless Books at The Boston Book Festival

  8. hildam says:

    I voted “other” for the ereader device. I have a Kobo eReader and I’m thinking of getting another device, but from Sony, this time.

  9. kiya says:

    I voted other for e-reader devices since I have PocketBook 360. I would also like to see back issue bundles as goetzni proposed. If I like the magazine I usually try to buy back issues and it would be great to be able to get several of them for set price.

  10. dino says:

    I read on Android smartphone with Aldiko Premium, which is an excellent epub reader. Also occasionally on an (old now) Sony PRS-505 eink reader. But ONLY epub on that platform, never .lrf, on principle.

  11. mpreslar says:

    I also use a Sony Reader, but I am phasing that out.

  12. hhwlib says:

    I like the suggestion by #6 above re: magazine bundles to check out new-to-me titles.

  13. ContentedReader says:

    My ‘other’ device is a Sony Reader. But I’m not 100% happy with it, and when it dies, I’m replacing it with a Nook. Or maybe a Kindle. But probably a Nook.

  14. PJColeman says:

    My other device is a Color Nook that has been upgrade to a full tablet with Nook 2 Android card. I read both Kindle and Nook books,Aldiko and Adobe. I like options. Multiple choices would have helped make the answers clearer.

    Keep up the good work. Love the site.

  15. djjd62 says:

    my ereader is a nextbook, android system tablet

  16. codersquid says:

    The poll software only allowed me to select one answer for a few the questions, so I selected ‘other’ for those.

    Which device(s) do you use to browse/shop for ebooks on Weightless?

    I picked laptop, but the answer is more complicated than that. I’ll end up on the site after browsing over from a blog entry that I see in my rss reader. The browsing design for the website doesn’t work as well as I’d like for my use cases, so it is a lot easier to do a specific search to find a book/author, or to navigate from a book review somewhere else or on your blog.

    Which device(s) do you use to read your ebooks?

    I have a kindle and a smartphone, and I use both to read ebooks. Laptops and desktop machines are too cumbersome for me to spend a novel’s worth of time on them.

    What’s your favorite e-reading software?

    I’d go with ‘lesser of evils’ than favorite. And my choice isn’t really a choice. I have to live with the constraints of the platforms I use to read. So, since I have a kindle, I use its software by default. I have Calibre on my laptop, but it needs lots of work before I’d use it for reading. I only use it for format conversion and de-DRM purposes.

    What would you like to see more of on Weightless?

    More books and more authors. Audiobooks also. More website design so that I can browse more effectively through your inventory. I would like to be able to discover new books easier, and I would also like to be able to browse by author more effectively.

  17. codersquid says:

    Btw, I have a kindle right now, which is pretty good for a reading platform, but the next reading platform I get might be a laptop that can transform in to a tablet.

    What platforms have you decided to target? iOS, mobile web, android, all of the above?

    • Michael says:

      We’d like to target all of the above…but really our strategy is more like shooting one big clumsy arrow that hopefully hits as many targets as possible. :)

  18. mmreads says:

    I’d like to see more sales sure, but also more gay fiction from indie authors. Y’all are a go-to for that. Thanks!

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