ERIC Number: ED449811
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Audiobook Format: A Patron's Choice.
Connors, Kelly C.
This study examines patron preference for abridged versus unabridged audiobooks, looking at patron usage over time and noting any changes in preference and why they occurred. A survey was conducted at the four branches of the Geauga County Public Library System (Geauga County, Ohio) with a random sample of adult patrons. Of the 274 surveys distributed to patrons who were checking out audiobooks during the designated two-week period, 225 (82%) were completed and returned. Findings indicated that the unabridged format was favored by over half of the participants, while the abridged format was favored by only 13%. In addition, over 75% of the patrons said that they would like to see more unabridged audiobooks in the library collection. Thirty-five percent favored more abridged selections. Of the 225 participants, 65% were female and 32% were male. The majority of respondents fell inside the age range of 36 to 54 years old. The genre that was most favored was mysteries, and the mystery genre was the most popular choice when patrons were asked what categories of audiobooks they would like to see more of in the library. Also popular were best sellers, biographies, history, and general/current fiction. There is some evidence that suggests that patrons who have been using audiobooks longer have a preference for the unabridged format, and that patrons who initially preferred abridged formats or who didn't have a preference, tended to change their preference to unabridged over time. Appendices include the survey, cover letter and responses from the 225 participants to the open-ended question "What categories of audiobooks would [you] like to see more of in the library?" (Contains 29 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Research Paper, Kent State University.