Slip-Cased Book Editions: Great Gifts for the Holidays

Posted December 13, 2017

Check out a sampling of our collection of slip-cased titles from Arcturus Publishing.

Fun Literary-Themed Gifts to Give for the Holidays (Not Just Books!)

Posted December 01, 2017

Here’s a list of some fun literary-themed gifts to give for the holidays.

Air Fry Genius: Newest Release from Best-Selling Cookbook Author Meredith Laurence

Posted November 17, 2017

Air Fry Genius is the must-have cookbook for anyone using an air fryer this holiday season.

Brain-Boosting Books for Kids

Posted November 15, 2017

These brain-boosting books for kids make great gifts for young readers!

Print Book vs. eBook

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:

  • Storage - People can store hundreds, even thousands, of books within one device.
  • Ease of purchase - Buying an eBook is just a click away.
  • Portability - The worst thing is finishing a book on vacation and not having the next book to start.
  • Price - The price of an eBook is usually less than a print book.
  • Purchasing Options - A person can find an eBook at almost 80 different online outlets.

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:

  • Tangibility - They get a tangible item for their money.
  • Accomplishment - They feel more accomplished when the mass of the book moves from the right side to the left and they know they are almost done.
  • Library - Some people like to have a library of books to select from.
  • Aroma - Some people like the smell.
  • DIY - One person has said she couldn’t use a stack of eBooks to prop up her couch if the leg fell off.

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?

Resources

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/financial-reporting/article/47343-e-book-sales-up-159-in-quarter-print-falls.html

Personal Interviews with Bookmasters employees.