This week we’re discussing books in print. “Knowing that the profit margin / royalties in paperback formats is minimal, do you still try to obtain that format? Why or why not?”
I’ve never had to ask myself this as all the publishers I have gone with offer books in print right away. I know there are authors out there that have e-book only but that is not a decision that I have had to make.
If I was in a position where I needed to decide if I wanted my books in print I would, undoubtedly, go with yes. I do read a lot of books on my Kindle, as I have said there are a lot of authors that only offer electronic versions of their works and I would hate to miss out on a great story simply because I can’t read it in paperback. However, I am an avid user of my local public library and absolutely love when I see one of my books on the shelves waiting for someone to be thumbing through the titles and come across it. There it is on the shelves for someone to pick up, look over the cover, read the blurb, and then take it home with them at no cost to them! Waiting to open up a new world for someone who maybe can’t afford an e-reader, perhaps a teen who doesn’t have a phone, or an elderly person who doesn’t know how to operate a tablet.
Then there’s my children’s books. I believe that a lot of people would rather hold a picture book in their hands with their child/grandchild snuggled up beside them, thumbing through the pages, pointing at the pictures, and following along with the words. If I had to fight to get my children’s books in print I certainly would, but I am lucky enough that I don’t have to do that. My books are readily available for those who read with e-readers and those who prefer to hold a physical book in their hands.
Now, if only I get them printed in Braille, that is something I have discussed with one of my publishers but I really need to push a little harder for it.