Posted October 17, 2017
Dictionary Day celebrates the birthday of American lexicographer Noah Webster, who was born on October 16, 1758.
May 24, 2012
Print book vs. eBook, that one question on our Facebook fan page led me to roam the halls of Bookmasters, and crawl every forum and article written on the subject to find the answer. Who is the winner of this fight of the century? After hours of research and holding one hardcover book in one hand and an eReader in the other here are the results.
Some reasons people prefer eBooks:
What it comes down to is accessibility across the board. It’s a cure for the “right here, right now” syndrome that people can experience when buying new things. The books are available for purchase and reading at any time and any place (battery permitting).
Some reasons people prefer print books:
In all seriousness some people just prefer the print book because that’s what reading is about to them. Reading is going to the bookstore and browsing through hundreds, maybe thousands, of books to find the right one. Then after finding the right book, taking it home and sitting down to escape life just for a moment. It’s about going to the bookshelf to pick out a book that may have been forgotten for some time. Some people think it is about age demographic and everything might change, but for now print books are here in force. All-in-all, it’s not something you can explain in full detail, but rather it’s something felt and expressed by avid book readers everywhere.
For The Publisher
The decision to print your book, release only as eBook, or do both, is a decision that is made early on in the process. However, due to industry changes, it’s one that can be changed later in the process. Printing a book used to mean printing a large quantity and hope that everything sold, but since the very first eBook ISBN was released, printing companies began to change their ways. Print on Demand, or POD, is the new phrase that is teamed up with the conversation on eBooks. Why POD? The statistics all show that eBook sales are flying through the roof, but forums and our own Bookmasters Facebook page show that people still want to feel the real book in their hands. That leads us to POD. Printing a small quantity leaves room in the budget to convert to an eBook and when the eBook penetrates the market, it brings exposure for the print book as well. If the book starts to fly off the shelves, it’s possible to print a more substantial quantity of books to meet demand.
Is print book vs. eBook the fight of the century? Or maybe the best tag team wresting match to hit the book industry?