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Books Done Better: You Tell Us How

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To the book-lovers in our audience: who are you and what do you want? Istockphoto.com hide caption

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What makes a book review worth reading? What type of books should NPR cover more? What do we write about too much? Who are you people, and what do you want?

As editors of the Arts section, my colleagues and I tend to think we know the answers to questions like these. But honestly, we're just guessing, based on a combination of our preconceptions and stuff our spouses, moms and friends tell us (referred to in the news business as "gut instinct").

So, as we start on a year-long project to expand and improve NPR's books coverage, we thought we'd look past our own navels and invite some participation from you, our book-loving audience.

I know we're all a little jaded about online surveys. But I promise, we're not selling anything and we won't put you on a mailing list. The Books editors came up with these questions, and we're listening. Advise us.

[UPDATE: We have concluded our survey. Thanks to those who responded!]

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