Top reasons to choose a print book over an eBook

As an author, you don't have to choose; you can easily print physical copies of your book AND create a beautiful digital version for use on eReader, tablet, smartphone, or desktop.

But as we explored recently in an article called "Is eBook distribution enough? Why selling hard copies of your novel matters," the majority of readers still prefer physical books to digital.

Why?

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Why authors need to publish printed booksTaking your writing career to the next level with printed books

Go to any publishing industry trade show, writers conference, or book fair and you'll hear a lot of talk about "digital disruption" and the "eBook revolution." But look around for a second. Notice anything? Printed books! Sure, eReaders and tablet devices are everywhere these day, but according to a new study only 4% of active readers are reading digital books exclusively. That means 96% of readers still buy printed books. Even among a younger demographic (age 30 and below), 50% of readers are purchasing printed books ONLY. As a self-published author you should absolutely make your book available as an eBook. The benefits are obvious: unlimited shelf-space, affordable worldwide distribution, no manufacturing costs per unit (beyond the initial design, formatting, and conversion), nearly instant delivery to your fans, and much more. But if you're serious about your writing career, you should also be selling your novel as a printed book.

3 reasons why you should print hard copies of your novel

When you publish a printed book with great design and a striking cover, you can:

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Affordable book printing

Save big on a holiday gift, guaranteed to please.

The holidays are coming, which is already reason enough to start printing your book, but now we have an even better one: You can save $200. Place a new order for 250 or more printed books by the end of the year and you can save $200. This offer is good for any trim size and any binding style, hardcover, or soft.

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How to Sell Physical BooksBookBaby Print Services’ Author-of-the-Month: Teresa L. Irvin

We spend lots of time on this blog talking about how to promote and sell eBooks. so we thought it’d be a good idea to offer periodic tips on how to sell physical books too! And who better to ask for advice on this topic than independent authors who’ve returned to BookBaby for multiple printings of their book. They’re obviously doing something right, right? In this author-of-the-month series, we ask writers who have a proven sales history to give us a few tips and tricks on how they attracted attention to their book, and how they converted that attention into sales. Not all of their advice will apply to you, but you might find a few good promotion ideas you haven't tried yet. This month, we hear from…

Teresa L. Irvin, author of I Want to Know How to Grow

I’ve been a busy lady! Besides utilizing social media, blogs and websites pertaining to children, parents and grandparents, and having a website of my own, I’ve mailed...

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How to Sell Physical Books: Tips from Jonathan J. WunrowBookBaby Print Services' Author-of-the-Month: Jonathan J. Wunrow

We spend a lot of time on this blog talking about how to promote and sell your eBooks. so we thought it'd be a good idea to offer periodic tips on how to sell physical books too! And who better to ask for advice on this topic than independent authors who've returned to BookBaby for a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th printing of their books. They're obviously doing something right, right? In this author-of-the-month series, we ask writers who have a proven sales history to give us a few tips and tricks on how they attracted attention to their book, and how they converted that attention into sales. This month, we hear from...

Jonathan J. Wunrow, author of High Point: A Climber's Guide to Central America.

Here are a few things I've done to promote High Points: A Climber's Guide to Central America:

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BookBaby president Brian Felsen talks with novelist/essayist/teacher Jonathan Lethem about the future discoverability of print books, the unique benefits of tangible books, and why they still matter.

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