Ebook or Print? Join the conversation!

 

 

Amazon UK’s report that ebook sales have outstripped the sales of all print formats combined.

According to unaudited figures released by [Amazon UK] on Monday, since the start of 2012, for every 100 hardback and paperback book sold on its site, customers downloaded 114 ebooks.                                                                                                                                        Posted by Victoria Strauss for Write Beware                                                                         Read full article @ http://accrispin.blogspot.com/

Self-publishing is exploding and the number of successful self-published authors is also growing. It is now an accepted and viable alternative to traditional publishing so the debate over whether self-publishing is a wise choice is diminishing. Now the discussion seems to be turning to how best to publish: in print or as an eBook. There are many advantages to eBook publishing; it is cheaper, faster, and, I suppose, the lower purchase price often contributes to higher sales volume. However, it is difficult for many indie authors to give up seeing their precious work sitting on the shelf or desk. The feel, look, and even the smell of a new book all create a feeling that a digital file on an eBook reader never will. Moreover, it is hard to impress your friends with your novel stored in an eBook reader like you can with a book placed casually on the coffee table. “Oh that? It’s my latest book”.

Our B.R.A.G.MedallionTM Honorees have done it all ways: print only, eBook only, and both print and eBook. But which is best? We would love to have your thoughts on this. As readers, which do you prefer? As writers, how did you decide to publish as you did?

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3 responses to “Ebook or Print? Join the conversation!”

  1. Samuel A Helms says:

    With my book, I started as an eBook since the up-front costs of e-publishing are so low. There is lots of free software to create a book and I just posted it on my own on Amazon. The issue I have with any sort of publishing is the amount of crap available. Self-published eBook authors sell trashy romance novels for cheap while traditional publishing sells poorly written junk to the unsuspecting public. Many times I read a novel from traditional publishing only to think, “How in H*** did this get published?” However, the question can be asked to any publisher from Pearson to an individual.

  2. Plum McCauley says:

    I think that self-publishing is terrific because it moves a writer along in the process much more quickly than the traditional route does. However, in response to what the person above wrote, that quicker journey to print should never be at the expense of quality. A writer who knows that he or she will ultimately produce a published book has as much responsibility to create a finely tuned work as anyone else does. In fact, it would be great to see self-published books surpass the quality of traditionally published works. After all, we have total control.
    But, like I said in response to another post on the debate between print or eBook, we should all make our Barnes & Noble pages and our Amazon pages as sophisticated as they can be. And that means publishing a physical copy too. Hugh Howey, bestselling author of “Wool,” has pointed out that writing is hardly the most expensive hobby around. And it’s one from which people can actually make a return. Why not, over time, put everything one can into each book one produces? That means a print copy, an eBook copy, maybe hardback availability, and who knows? Maybe even an audio copy. All of this does not have to happen overnight.
    But I do think that the pages we have that present our very own “backlist” should be tended to with the vigilance of a shopkeeper who means business.
    Plum McCauley

  3. Geri says:

    Putting out a quality book can be costly – although there are so many great opportunities to cut these cost such as using Beta readers rather than costly editing. However, you can not expect to reap the rewards without paying the price. A poorly presented book can ruin sales for future books as well. Fast and cheap are words often associated with self-publishing and, as our authors know, that is not the case. Each book, as you say, should have all of your effort behind it.

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