Tag: print book
Another month, another prediction. This time, PricewaterhouseCoopers is claiming in its "Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2014-2018" that eBook sales in the UK will overtake hardback and paperback editions by 2018, and that printed book sales will decline by more than a third. But, according to Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader, the chance of this prediction coming true is "not too damn likely." Why? Well, PwC has made a couple similar predictions about American eBook sales over the last few years, neither of which appear to be correct, especially considering the flattening performance of the US eBook market lately. But that slowdown in eBook sales isn't necessarily a doom-and-gloom picture for indie authors. The resilience of print books (which is evident in the infographic "The top reasons for choosing a printed book over an eBook") is a great thing; it means you have continuing opportunities to offer fans multiple options that suit their reading preferences: eReaders, smartphones/tablets, web, paperback, hardcover, and special editions. And when you're meeting the needs of ALL your readers, you're also set up to capture the most sales.
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 novelWhen you publish a printed book with great design and a striking cover, you can:
According to a story on All Things D, eBook sales are absolutely booming. Sales of "trade" eBooks (everything except educational and professional texts) are up 100% from last year-- and even so, print books still accounted for 85% of the publishing industry's sales. The article ("eBooks are Booming, And Still Sort Of Small") claims this growth in eBook sales "helped keep the publishing business more or less flat in 2011, even as print sales dropped off. Net publisher revenue for trade books increased 0.5 percent, to $13.97 billion, with e-books accounting for $2.1 billion of that. Meanwhile, overall net revenue dropped 2.5 percent, to $27.2 billion."