eBooks vs. Books in Print
- Simply put, e-publishing is probably the quickest and the cheapest way to get your book published. You can do it yourself in a morning or an afternoon, even if you have no previous experience of doing so.
- This, however, has its own downsides, so there are companies like us who can help you to format your manuscript properly, who can help you to get it into shape as well as to get it online. And that does not mean that the process has to go too much slower, or that it becomes too costly to consider, but it does mean that the product you are putting out is the best that it possibly can be.
- eBooks, as a rule, also tend to have a longer “shelf life”. When you publish through a traditional publishing house, your book will be on promotion and on display in bookshops for a relatively short space of time. By contrast, digital publishing puts your work on a virtual bookshelf that will never run out of space. This means that your book can remain there indefinitely, giving you more time to build up a bigger following.
- The other advantage that eBooks have over paper- and hardbacks is that they are so much easier to revise. If you spot a mistake, or if it is a work of non-fiction that needs regular updates to keep it current, it is the work of a few moments (well, only a few hours, anyway) to make all of the necessary changes. If, however, you are working in print, this would mean the production of a whole new, revised edition, and any decisions regarding this would likely be made by your publisher and not by yourself.
BOOKS IN PRINT
- One of the biggest benefits of publishing in actual print is that paper- and hardback books will never go out of style. Contrary to all of the initial forecasts, eBooks have actually continued to decline in popularity over the past couple of years, but nothing will ever come close to the kind of feeling that dedicated readers get when they hold a real book in their hands for the first time.
- Having a “physical” copy to hand will also make it easier for you to host real life events, like book signings. This is obviously a massive plus on the marketing front!
- And producing printed copies of your book doesn’t have to be expensive either. eBook production is often lauded as the cheapest route to publication, but by printing on demand you can save yourself the massive initial expense often associated with an old-style print run, and just pay per each individual copy.
- This is also a good option if you are lacking the space to store 1,000 copies of your book while you wait for it to sell!