It is difficult to believe that I am writing an article on the advantages and disadvantages of printing books on paper. Since the beginning of time, we’ve heard about electronic books and discussing whether they will ever be successful and gain an audience. A few years ago the jury was out however, with the introduction of the latest Kindle and Nook and other electronic books, I am able to declare that I am convinced that ebooks will remain an integral element of the publishing industry for a long time, even if they don’t last forever.

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In the past year, a trend has emerged in which authors only publish ebooks. Although, the majority of them are self-published and releasing their debut book. They might not have the funds to print books on paper, or they don’t wish to take on the expense that printing paper incurs when ebooks is much cheaper. It’s difficult to believe that just a few years ago, one could have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to self-publish an ebook. At the start of the 21st century, printing on demand could have reduced the price to only a couple of thousandor around the upper hundreds. The process of creating an ebook can cost only about a few hundreds of dollars. Or you can even create it yourself , and only pay the expense of time to make it. You could then market it for sale without ever needing to invest in anything else-no printers, no printing expenses as well as no delivery or shipping expenses.

But are they really books? I’ve heard a variety of publishing experts discuss the current state of the age of information, and that we’re no longer selling books, but rather selling information. It’s an excellent argument to make since electronic books don’t resemble books. While e-readers, like Kindle and Nook attempt to convey an impression that we’re in the presence of a book however it’s a completely different experience to hold a metal electronic device than paper that feels pleasant and responsive to our touch. I still prefer the feeling of a book more as well, and I believe that there are still some issues that need to be sorted through, however I do have admitted that lower cost, the ease of having multiple books stored on an electronic device, and their speedy delivery is advantages to printing books on paper.

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It’s no longer worth publishing printed books? I know of at least one author who happily told me that, “No more paper books for me.” All I can say would be “Hold on. The paper book hasn’t died yet.” In ten years, maybe it will be gone or maybe earlier however, it’s not yet dead. I believe that writers should continue printing books on paper in reasonable quantities. I’d suggest smaller print runs, perhaps just 1,000, 500 or even 100 books. Just the amount you think you’ll be able to sell within one or two years and not much more before deciding if you’d like to continue printing on paper. It is important to be aware and realistic about the number of paper books you are able to sell, so that you don’t wind having an entire basement filled with paper as your sales of e-books are increasing, however, there is a demand for paper books is still there.

Here are a few reasons why the paper book is still a great idea. First, they’re important to an author’s marketing strategy. If you intend to interact with readers solely on the internet, you may not require this advice, but publishing only ebooks is to alienate a significant portion of your readers.

Face-to Face Interaction: Many readers prefer to get in touch with the writer who wrote the books they enjoy. If that weren’t true then we would not have book signings, poetry readings or any other kind types of events for author. Sure, a person may be able to connect with an author via an Facebook message and, in a certain sense it is true that it’s true that the Internet has made connections between fans of authors more convenient. However, meeting online with someone will not be as satisfying as meeting someone in person.

When you announce the release of a book It’s not a problem to announce “Go to Amazon to buy the Kindle edition.” Another thing to mention is, “Joanie will be signing books at Beauchamp’s Bookstore on March 8th between 3 to 5 p.m. Although, we’re all aware that book signings don’t attract huge crowds. There are times when there are three or four people who attend. However, there are always those who are in the bookshop and see the book you’ve signed. It’s possible that you could still present yourself personally but in the absence of any book to market and there’s no book to sell, people might not be likely to attend to you.

Autographed Books Similar to book signings, many people prefer personalized, signed books that are autographed. People who read love to meet authors since they believe they are famous. Even those who aren’t avid readers can be influenced by the author’s “celebrity” status and will then purchase books. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people tell me “Wow, you’re an author” or “I never met an author before” and they do this with amazement and awe in their words. They don’t just want to read. They are looking for an experience in person. They would like to feel that something amazing has happened to them when they shake hands with an author they admire and want to keep to keep a record of the experience with the autographed copy of their book.

Cosmetics It’s true that your novel’s original edition will never be a collectible We all have a feeling that we own lots of stuff, and it’s great to have electronic books that don’t take up much space. However, many of us enjoy books to read for ourselves. We have a collection of the first editions. We purchase books that we have already read because we want to feel of owning the book. We are drawn to the art of the covers and would like to have those books in our living rooms on coffee tables or shelves simply because the sight of them is a source of pleasure. There’s something so visually pleasing about the appearance and the feel of a book and readers appreciate how satisfying it is to have spaces filled with bookshelves and all those appealing spines of books in a variety of shades with gorgeous titles looking at you, with the secrets of the past and endless hours of reading pleasure.

The browsing experience for books at an online shop isn’t as good as visiting a bookstore. It’s certainly faster and simpler to shop on the internet, but if you really would like to browse, visit a bookshop. The experience of visiting a bookstore similar to going to a movie or going out for a cup of coffee. It’s a relaxing pastime. It’s not possible to get that feeling from an electronic book and certainly you can’t get that same feeling from an online bookshop. Perhaps we’ll experience that feeling when we discover a virtual reality bookstore is visited with special glasses that make us feel as if we are in a store-hey I could invent it-but until then the physical bookshop is sure to remain popular.

gifts: Are you able to imagine the joy on Christmas morning when you sit in front of the tree, with your iPads only to check your email for messages that say you’ve been given electronic books? It’s a shame, because it takes the fun out of giving gifts. Do you really want to give an electronic book as a present to someone special to you? Maybe if you’re in different parts of the country however, if you’re planning to visit the person at Christmas time, wouldn’t an unwrapped book of vibrant paper the best way to show your appreciation of love or Christmas spirit?

E-Book or Paper? The Final Choice To summarize my argument, we’ll be in need of papers for many years to come. At the very least until those who were raised with the paper book have left this planet. It is important to think about the life span that your work will have. It should be accessible to the next generation who could be brought up on electronic devices and may never have the opportunity to actually read a book. A book printed on paper may “go out of print.” As of yet, I’ve never found any evidence that an electronic book could, although it is likely that we’ll need to purchase newer e-readers.

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