I’m well aware that the profit margin on paperback books is low, yet I still want to have my books in print.
For starters, there’s nothing in the world like holding your book in your hands and seeing your name on the cover. Here is tangible proof that you actually wrote a book, overcoming all the obstacles and setbacks an author encounters along the way. Your heart swells with pride, and you’d like the whole world to see that book and rejoice with you.
Besides that, not everyone uses electronic readers. I don’t really understand this. You can have a tremendously large library in a space not much bigger than a 5×7 photo. Also, the entire library can go wherever you go. You’ll never be out of something to read. I’ve noticed that swiping a page on a reader is a lot easier than holding onto a paper book and turning pages. Still, some people can’t give up the idea of the paper book, and I want to accommodate them.
Did you know that libraries now have electronic books? My books are available in electronic format at my local library. Some of them are available in paper too, and if I had to guess, I’d bet that more people check out the paper books.
I like to give books as gifts at Christmas time, and even though you could give a gift certificate for an electronic copy of one of your books, it isn’t quite the same as wrapping the book and putting it under the tree.
Interestingly enough, my first book was only available in print until a few years ago when the publisher put it in electronic format.
So when all is said and done, I want my books to be available in both formats. What about you? Do you prefer paper books?
The picture is one of my books available in print and electronic formats.