Publisher’s Guide to Jellybooks RADAR

reader analytics and audience insights for data-smart publishing

Success does not have to be a lottery. Leading publishers are optimizing the success of their editorial, marketing and publicity workflows by becoming reader centric.

Jellybooks RADAR is the industry’s leading tool for book specific reader analytics and audience research. It provides unparalleled insights into the core demographics and audience for a book so that it can be is optimally positioned in the marketplace

With Jellybooks RADAR publishers gain insights into what percentage of readers finish a book, how fast they read it, how satisfied they were with their reading experience, how their actions were influenced by cover and description, and much more. The service quantitatively measures how readers engage with books using panels of several hundred test readers for statistical accuracy.

The key to every book’s success is to accurately match the right book with the right audience. Jellybooks RADAR brings the best of modern market research at a modest and affordable cost for publishers.

The service is easy to use, secure and a proven money saver for publishers.

Jellybooks RADAR is easy to use, secure and a proven winner for publishers. Jellybooks finds the test readers, organises the campaign and does the analysis. All the publisher needs to do is upload the ePub file, enter the meta-data, set the campaign start-date and lean back while Jellybooks does the work.

Top 10 Features & Benefits of Jellybooks RADAR

1 - Accurately identify the core demographic and audience for a book

Jellybooks RADAR identifies the age group and gender of the audience, together with the TV, Netflix series and films that they watch and other books that they are most likely to compare a book to.

2 - Use real readers to identify the right categories for a book

RADAR audience feedback provides publishers with genuine reader opinions on the categories that best fit a book and whether there is potential to attract a wider audience across multiple genres and categories or if the books’ appeal is concentrated with the readership associated with one specific Thema code.

3 - Establish comparables across books, TV shows and movies

A cross-media analysis can demonstrate how best to reach the book’s audience. Discover fans of specific Netflix series, TV shows or movie franchises that your book appeals to, as well as how likely they are to finish and recommend a book.

4 - Use A/B testing to test a range of covers

Jellybooks RADAR allows for decision making based on actual engagement. Get readers, who have actually completed the book, to provide feedback on proposed covers, choose between a side-by-side test where users can compare different covers or a blind A/B test where test readers are not told that their engagement is being measured relative to the cover they are being shown.

5 - Ensure your title information is correctly positioned

Test and identify the correct genre description, shout line, book description and other key elements in order to correctly position a book in the market. Reader analytics provides real-time data that includes completion rate, satisfaction index, recommendation factor, and how well the cover matches the content using a cover-match-factor.

6 - Use data to reach a consensus for the publishing direction

Gather reader engagement data to reach internal consensus. Some books generate many questions and intense debate between editors, marketers and publicists leading to uncertainty, doubt and mistaken decisions. Data gets people on the same page.

7 - Ensure sure your marketing is spent effectively

Use audience data generated by Jellybooks RADAR to decide the level of online advertising and overall budget to allocate to a book. Ensure your marketing budget is being spent where it has the most impact on titles with the widest sales potential.

8 - Identify why a book didn’t perform to expectations

Use Jellybooks RADAR focus groups to find out why a book did not perform as expected and whether it was the copy, category, packaging or other factors. Publishers can develop a reader- and audience-centric strategy and correct mistakes prior to launching a paperback or new edition by using the data and insights generated with Jellybooks RADAR.

9 - Use Reader engagement data to demonstrate audience and appeal

Use reader engagement data as talking point in presentations with bookseller’s audience size and potential to retailers at sell in. Demonstrate high reading satisfaction percentage sand recommendation factors for instance.

10 - How likely are readers to buy more books from your author?

Measure the strength of an author’s platform to see how strongly engaged buyers are. This analysis is especially useful for a debut author.

Jellybooks RADAR is unique in the market. Publishers will find no comparable service.

Jellybooks RADAR is trusted by the industry’s leading publishing groups including Bertelsmann, Holtzbrinck, Harper Collins, Bonnier, Simon & Schuster, and Egmont. It has been instrumental in the success of many bestsellers in the UK, US and Europe

Pricing for Jellybooks RADAR

Try Jellybooks RADAR for free with one title (offer can only be redeemed once). This one-title trial includes our A/B testing and cross-media features for free, as well, but is limited to the one title chosen for the free trial.

Jellybooks RADAR campaigns can be booked individually à la carte.

If you upgrade to Jellybooks RADAR PLUS for an annual fee of £2,000, you receive a £40 discount on every title tested and enjoy free use of our A/B testing and cross-media testing features, (combined value represents a service discount of up to £440 per book tested by Jellybooks RADAR PLUS subscribers).

RADAR Fee per title
Standard RADAR test £490
A/B test supplement £200
cross-media supplement £200
RADAR PLUS Fee per title
Standard RADAR test £450
A/B test supplement free
cross-media supplement free
RADAR PLUS subscription fee is £2,000 per annum

Technical Details for Jellybooks DISCOVERY

Panel Recruitment

Using virtual focus groups, Jellybooks invites test readers from its existing panel via email and via social media.

Jellybooks will recruit the necessary number of test readers. We set a goal of recruiting

  • Between 300 and 500 test readers for a single-title campaign
  • Between 500 and 700 test readers per title for an A/B or side-by-side test

Publishers have the option to recruit test readers, as well, or exclusively through their own channels. In the latter case a 20% discount applies. Jellybooks provides a unique campaign URL for each channel (email list, Facebook site, Twitter or Instagram account etc.) that the publisher might wish to use for its own recruitment efforts, so that conversion and audience engagement for each segment can be measured separately.

Participants are paid no monetary compensation. Our experience of having conducted hundreds of test reading campaigns over the past five years shows that receiving a free eBook and the knowledge that somebody is paying attention to them is sufficient reward for participants.

Geo-IP restrictions

Jellybooks RADAR campaigns can be executed by publishers with a global audience or can be focussed on selected markets including UK and Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, USA, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in any combination. Territorial restrictions are available too and based on the IP address of the user’s device. Users reading outside the designated territory see their access blocked.

Panel Feedback

Registered test readers receive eBooks that have been specially modified by Jellybooks to record their reading and engagement data. Test readers can choose from a range of reading apps for smartphones, tablets, laptops and PCs including Apple Books, as well as the Jellybooks Cloud reader. eInk based devices such as Kindle, Nook, Tolino and Kobo are currently not supported, because these device support only the ePub2 format and no JavaScript support, which is required for data collection.

Data is only transmitted when readers click on the purple “sync reading stream” button at the end of each chapter. The system is essentially double opt-in and participants explicitly consent to their reading data being collected. Participants also have the ability to view visualisations of their own reading data online and access all the data that Jellybooks has collected and holds on them.

The eBooks distributed by Jellybooks are not encrypted but contain a range of “social DRM” features including visible and invisible watermarks and other tracking and identification features. In addition, participants know that they are being observed during the test reading campaigns which greatly inhibits casual sharing and “piracy”.

Results and Analysis

Results are available in real time through Candy, the Jellybooks data portal where they can be viewed, downloaded and printed.

A first analysis of trends is usually possible after two weeks when the first fifty to hundred readers have completed their book. The total test duration is about six to ten weeks.

All data collected is available both in pseudonymous form (reading and survey data for individuals) and in aggregated form (reading data for the entire focus group or sub-segments thereof). The platform is fully GDPR compliant.

The data Jellybooks collects is processed, formatted made available in real-time through an online data portal called “Candy”. Candy is designed to be used by across the business with all colleagues. Access is granted to any team member so designated by publisher. There is no “seat” or access charge.

There is an option or creating automated reports that are formatted to be printed or downloaded for distribution at meetings. This feature is available through the Candy dashboard and KPI tabs.

The feedback that Jellybooks collects during a test reading campaign can sometimes provide key insights into how readers respond to a book. These comments are private and not posted or redistributed publicly. As a result they are very frank and informative. They provide insight into what resonates with readers or annoys them and also allows the publisher to check if the reader making the comment has actually read the book.

Cross-media testing

This is a special format that can be used in combination with any of the other formats. Here we ask test reader about the movies, TV series or Netflix series they watch (alternatively we can also ask about magazine or newspaper reading and other entertainment formats). This a multiple-choice questionnaire presented to test readers when they download or start reading an eBook.

We then evaluate how the reading KPIs (completion rate, satisfaction index, recommendation factor, cover-match factor, velocity) vary depending on the user’s entertainment preferences. It is a very powerful tool for better understanding what kind of audience is attracted to an eBook and how to position the book.

The test works best with popular movies and TV Shows. In fact many movies and TV shows are based on book adaptations and make for perfect comps. Asking test readers about comparable book titles (comps) is often less successful, because most books are read by a relatively narrow slice of test readers.

Note that in all reader analytics campaigns, we already ask if test readers have read another book by the author previously (are they “fans” of the author or not). This “fan” question is already standard in all tests and is not part of the cross-media format.

Cover Analysis

Readers do judge a book by its cover, and Jellybooks has the data to prove it. Traditional interview techniques often fail when testing covers, because readers, having little context or commitment, judge the cover primarily on its aesthetics. In contrast, Jellybooks applies a tried and tested scientific concept: the double-blind A/B test. This allows Jellybooks to test covers without users being aware that they are being tested on the cover.

The Jellybooks cover-match factor (CMF) measures how well readers think a cover matches the content of a book. We also undertake A|B testing, where we split the focus group randomly into two sub-groups and give each sub-group a different version of the cover without readers being cognizant of this. Readers are only aware that we are collecting their reading data. They do not know about the specific variations in “packaging” (cover, title or description), which is why the test is referred to as double-blind: readers are blind to which group they belong to and the tester is blind to which readers get what version (random assignment by algorithm). This ensures that any cognitive bias is minimized during the study. As part of an A/B test, Jellybooks can also establish the pull of the cover, i.e. are readers more likely to choose the book based on its cover. This requires the test to have a choice between at least two titles: covers matter a lot when readers have to choose between books and select which book to read.

Between 500 and 800 test readers are recruited when executing an A/B test to ensure that statistically valid results can be obtained. A/B tests are best suited for testing covers that are based on very different concepts or propositions.

Follow-up Reader Surveys

For an additional fee Jellybooks can prepare post-campaign surveys that ask specific questions that arise as a result of the campaign, which might include questions such as why users didn’t like the cover, what they think of an alternative cover, alternate genre classifications and more. There is a per-survey fee for the preparation and implementation of any custom-survey. There is no limit or fee regarding how many users a survey is sent.