Consider both publishing options for your next book
For the past few years, there has been a great deal of press—and hence a great deal of excitement—about e-books.
Correspondingly, there is also significant debate about the relative merits of each option. The purists insist that the printed version is the way to go, nearly sacred. While the technologists say that e-books are where it’s at, declaring that paper is passé. Of course, the diplomat insists that there is room for both.
The price of e-books spans a wide range, from free to matching their printed counterparts, so it is hard to know their true demand. After all, if something is free or costs next to nothing, why not “buy” it.
Regardless of sales numbers, print is still driving the market. Author Annette Ehrhardt, in writing about e-book pricing strategies, once noted that “It seems that many readers value the printed word more than the digital world.”
While there may be viable instances where a book should only be in digital form or only in print, the vast majority of books need to be in both.
However, if for some reason you can only do one, go with print. Readers will apparently value it more—and what they value, they will buy.